Start With Hello Week

Jumpstart the Start With Hello movement in your school community.

Save the Date! Start With Hello Week 2022: September 19 – 23

Each year in September, thousands of schools and youth organizations nationwide participate in Start With Hello Week. Millions of students come together to celebrate the amazing work of educators, students, and community members in building socially inclusive learning environments. Here are some sample activities to inspire children and youth to Start With Hello.

The national call-to-action week takes place September 19 – 23, 2022. If that week doesn’t work for you’re school or organization, you can select any week in September. Sandy Hook Promise will recognize participants nationwide throughout September for their Start With Hello celebrations.

Search the hashtags #StartWithHello and #StartWithHelloWeek on social media channels. You’ll see the amazing activities spreading the Start With Hello spirit. Like and share your favorites! Or share your own posts using the Start With Hello Social Media Action Kit

What is the Start With Hello program?

This program teaches students in grades K – 12 to help their peers in a fun and meaningful way. They take small but powerful actions to promote inclusion and to support students who are showing signs of loneliness or social isolation.

You can access Start With Hello program trainings, resources, and engagement activities on the Sandy Hook Promise Learning Center.

Why Start With Hello?

Loneliness is the overwhelming feeling of being left out and social isolation is not having frequent interactions with friends. Young people who feel this way may pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, or choose to hurt themselves or others. Due to COVID-19, all students can empathize with the feelings of isolation due to physical and social distancing. Start With Hello is an important social and emotional learning program to reintroduce students to the power of connecting and helping one another.

When is Start With Hello Week?

The national call-to-action week is September 19-23, however, schools can choose any week in September to celebrate Start With Hello.

Who participates in Start With Hello Week?

Schools and youth organizations across the country participate to celebrate building connected and inclusive communities. Use this sample email and sample letter to the editor to invite other schools and youth organizations to join in.

How does Start With Hello Week Work?

During Start With Hello Week, schools celebrate the amazing work their educators, students, SAVE Promise Clubs, and community members are doing to create socially inclusive learning environments for all students There are a variety of ways to celebrate Start With Hello, including engaging students in the Start With Hello training, activities, public proclamations, media events, student contests, and school awards. Upon registering, you will receive resources to help organize a great Start With Hello Week!

View some award-winning schools and SAVE Promise Clubs.

What resources are available?

Educational materials, tools, and support from Sandy Hook Promise are available to schools, community-based organizations, and others at no cost, thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Start With Hello Week Planning Guide: Download this newly updated, no-cost and easy-to-implement planning guide chock full of ideas, activities, and templates that your school or youth organization can do in as little as an hour during Start With Hello Week. Once you register, you’ll have immediate access to educational and promotional materials, and get weekly tips and updates on how to plan for success.

How can we recognize student participation?​

Start With Hello Student Voices Contest: Encourage your students to enter their creative submissions in our Start With Hello Student Voices Contest.

Start With Hello School Award: All schools and youth organizations participating in Start With Hello Week are eligible to apply for a Start With Hello Award.

What languages are the materials available in?

Start With Hello materials are available in Spanish, Haitian Creole (Kreyòl), Portuguese, and Vietnamese. To receive the materials, please visit our Learning Center.

How can students take the lead?

Empower your students to play a leadership role in Start With Hello Week by encouraging them to start a Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Club. These student-led organizations work to prevent violence in their communities by teaching, modeling, and sustaining Sandy Hook Promise’s  Start With Hello and Say Something  programs. Each Club receives a Planning Guide, Activity Guide, and variety of tools and resources to make participating in Start With Hello Week easy and impactful.

If your school doesn’t have a SAVE Promise Club, encourage student leaders to start one. Find out more and register.

How can I get Start With Hello merch?​

Start With Hello bracelets, t-shirts, and other materials are available for sale in our online store. Proceeds benefit our programs. Order as soon as possible to ensure delivery in time for your Start With Hello activities! Shop now.