Say Something Week

Join thousands of schools across the country for Say Something Week!

March 1-5, 2021

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The Say Something Program saves lives. Students learn to look for warning signs of someone at risk of hurting themselves or others. And they’re empowered to “say something” before a tragedy can occur.

Say Something Week is a national call-to-action week to celebrate students being ‘upstanders’ in schools and communities by speaking up when noticing warning signs and threats of potential violence. Thousands of schools and youth organizations from across the United States participate in Say Something Call-to-Action Week.

When is Say Something Week?

March 1-5, 2021, thousands of schools and youth organizations across the United States will participate in Say Something Week. When you sign up, you’re celebrating upstander culture and preventing school violence.

Who Can Participate in Say Something Week?

Say Something is a free program that is available to all middle schools, high schools and youth organizations serving grades 6 – 12. Whether you’ve participated in the past, or it’s new to you, this is the perfect opportunity to empower students to “know the signs” and learn how to prevent violence in schools.

What Happens During Say Something Week?

Say Something Call-to-Action Week is comprised of the following three components:

Say Something Student Training (approximately 35-40 minutes)

Either before or during Say Something Call-to-Action Week, students attend the Say Something Student Training. Students specifically learn the following three steps:

  1. Recognize warning signs and threats
    • Students learn what warning signs and threats are and where they are likely to find them.
  2. Act immediately; take it seriously
    • Students learn strategies to take action and overcome the barriers that may exist to being an “upstander” rather than a “bystander.”
  3. Say something to a trusted adult
    • Students learn how to choose their Trusted Adult as well as how to let a trusted adult know when they see warning signs and threats.

The Student Training may be delivered in one of two ways:

  • In-person, by a teacher or staff member who has watched the Say Something DIY videos. When you register for Say Something Week, you’ll get access to these educational videos and become prepared to lead an in-person training in your school.
  • Digitally, using the Sandy Hook Promise Say Something Student Training video. Visit our online training website and train your students using the “plug ‘n play” video.

Say Something Activities

Upon registering, you’ll receive a Planning Guide chock full of engaging activity ideas. These activities will reinforce the importance of “knowing the signs” and telling a trusted adult.

Student Leadership and SAVE Promise Clubs

Empower students to play a leadership role in developing and implementing the Say Something Week activities. This is most successful when paired with a student-led SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Club to ensure Say Something is fully embedded in the culture of your school or youth organization. Learn more.

What materials are available to support Say Something Call-to-Action Week?

After registering, you’ll get resources to help you have an amazing Say Something Week. These resources include: a Planning Guide, a Toolkit, Student Training Videos, a Say Something Call-to-Action Week webinar and a parent brochure.

If you’re planning to order Say Something wristbands, t-shirt or other materials from our online store, please place your order now. Demand for these items is high and, to ensure delivery of your order before Say Something Week, we recommend ordering as early as possible.

Planning to create your own t-shirts or materials? You’ll get downloadable logos once you register for Say Something Week.

What languages are the resources available in?

Say Something materials are available in English and Spanish. The Say Something digital Student Training is available with English, Spanish, and Vietnamese subtitles.

How can we recognize student participation?

Encourage your students to apply for a Say Something Award. Once signed-up for the week, you will receive information on award submission guidelines and deadlines. Posting photos on social media is also a great way to recognize your students. Make sure to use #SaySomethingWeek and tag us @SandyHook on Twitter and @SandyHookPromise on Instagram and Facebook!

Is Say Something a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program?

While Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Say Something program is not a stand-alone SEL program, Say Something does seamlessly and effectively compliment any school’s existing SEL curriculum, instruction, and programming.

Say Something teaches students how to recognize warning signs and prevent someone from harming themselves or others. Students build essential SEL competencies, including how to empathize with others and seek help when needed (relationship skills). Students also learn how to identify problems and analyze situations as well solve problems in an ethically responsible manner (responsible decision-making).

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