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Sandy Hook Promise Hosted Fifth Annual Gala in Washington D.C.
U.S Senator Chris Coons and U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick were honored
for their work in gun violence prevention
Newtown, CT – On the evening of Wednesday, June 19th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) hosted its fifth annual Promise Champions Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. to honor men and women from across the country for their work in gun violence prevention. The 2019 honorees included U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), who are being recognized for their enduring commitment to creating safer communities.
Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Club Youth Advisory Board Member, Kristina Alzugaray, held an engaging panel discussion with Senator Coons and Congressman Fitzpatrick to discuss the ways that each are currently championing for the safety of students and communities across the country at the legislative level, as well as ways that they will continue to do so in the future.
During the discussion, Congressman Fitzpatrick highlighted that, “SHP has shined a light on how hard it is to be a kid today” and, with all of the pressures that they face, that we should “move to a model where mental health services are available at schools.” Senator Coons, who has met with students who don’t feel safe because of active shooter drills and bullying, mentioned that “funding [should be available at the state level] for preventive training and mental health services.”
The honorary co-chairs for this year’s gala were Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-CT), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Democratic Leader. Senator Blumenthal, Congresswoman Hayes, and Senator Murphy were joined by SAVE Promise Club Youth Advisory Board Member Braelyn Willis for a riveting discussion on school safety. Senator Schumer was unable to attend but submitted a video praising SHP for its efforts and mentioned that, “as long as I’m in the Senate, I will fight with [SHP] every day.”
During the panel discussion Senator Blumenthal opened by touching on a school shooting plot that was averted in Seymour, CT earlier this year, thanks for SHP’s Say Something program. “No community is safe from gun violence,” said Blumenthal. He continued with, “leadership by example is the most powerful way [to show students how to be proactive in stopping school violence]. Senator Murphy agreed stating that, “identification and intervention is key” to curbing violence in schools and that “when you train students, you can change the culture.” Congressman Hayes, who is a former educator, added, “we cannot have conversations about kids without including them in the conversation. We cannot ignore those closest to the problem.” She also praised SHP for including the dynamic student leaders in the event and encouraging dialogue between the youth and change makers.
SHP’s mission galvanized support from both sides of the political aisle, as more than 100 members of Congress came together to serve on the honorary co-chair committee for this event. They were joined by esteemed business and philanthropic leaders and volunteers from across the nation who are creating change within their communities.
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Sandy Hook Promised Partnered Schools are Presented with Los Angeles Unified School District the Human Relations Award for Creating a Safer School Environment
Los Angeles Unified School District’s Commission on Human Relations, Diversity, and Equality Recognizes Student Groups That Support Inclusive and Affirming School Campuses
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) praises the 11 Los Angeles Unified School District high schools that were presented with the 2018/19 Human Relations Award for making positive contributions toward creating safer, respectful, and healthy learning environments. These schools are being recognized by Los Angeles Unified for “being the change we wish to see.”
Seven of the schools being recognized also partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to adopt SAVE Promise Clubs within their school communities to help foster more supportive learning environments:
· Eagle Rock Junior and Senior High School
· Marshall High School
· Monroe High School
· San Fernando High School
· San Pedro High School
· University High School
· Van Nuys High School
“It is so encouraging to see that within a year of starting their SAVE Promise Clubs, students are embodying the key takeaways from the Say Something and Start with Hello programs and infusing them throughout school culture, promoting a more supportive and connected learning environment,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. “Every student should be in a school environment that is positive, inclusive, and safe and these student leaders are kickstarting a cultural shift that can impact the next generations.”
SHP’s SAVE Promise Clubs are youth-led clubs that encourage and empower student leaders to organize activities that reinforce Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs program curriculum. The clubs recognize the unique role that young people can have in making their school and communities safer and provides them with the tools to create a culture of looking out for one another, being “upstanders,” and preventing violence before it happens.
To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, as well as countless teen suicides and other acts of violence.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it can happen by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.
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In Honor of #WearOrange Gun Violence Prevention Day, Sandy Hook Promise Provides Tips on
How to Curb Gun Violence in Schools and Community
Newtown, CT -- June 7, 2019 -- Gun violence is preventable when we “know the signs” and on this #WearOrange Weekend during Gun Violence Awareness month, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) encourages everyone to be an “upstander” in stopping gun violence in schools and communities.
Four out of five school shooters and 70 percent of people who complete suicide told someone of their plans or gave some type of warning that was overlooked or ignored. SHP teaches youth and adults how to spot the signs of someone in crisis and intervene before that person harms themselves or others. With students being the eyes and ears of their school community, they often see and hear things that adults might miss, especially on social media. It is imperative that we train youth to be “upstanders,” so they know the signs of potential violence and/or self-harm and tell a trusted adult before violence occurs.
Below are a few warning signs and signals that someone in crisis might exhibit. It is important to remember that one sign on its own doesn’t mean a person is planning an act of violence, but when many connected or cumulative signs are observed over a period of time, it could mean that the person is heading down a pathway towards violence or self-harm.
No one is immune to gun violence, as proven by the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators. The Know the Signs prevention programs since developed and implemented by SHP are proving effective in making schools and communities safer.
To date, SHP has trained over 7.5 million youth and adults in 14,000+ schools and youth organizations in all 50 states. These programs have averted multiple school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; reduced bullying and cyberbullying; intervened on cutting, substance use, hate crimes, and other forms of violence and self-harm; and helped hundreds of youth get the mental health assistance they need.
About Sandy Hook Promise:
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.
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Local Gun Violence Prevention Organizations Come Together for the
Newtown #WearOrange Walk & Rally
Sandy Hook Promise, CT Against Gun Violence, CT Teens Against Gun Violence,
Jr. Newtown Action Alliance, the CT Chapter of Moms Demand Action,
Mothers United Against Violence, and the Newtown Action Alliance
Turned Newtown Orange to End Gun Violence
June 3, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Yesterday, the Connecticut coalition of gun violence prevention organizations came together to say, “not one more!” and raise awareness of the public health crisis of gun violence in America. The event officially kicked off the start of National Gun Violence Awareness Month.
The rally and march began with remarks from Newtown Selectman Dan Rosenthal, issuing a proclamation that declared June 2 as the fifth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day and encouraging all citizens to #WearOrange “to honor all lives cut short by gun violence.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal then thanked the youth voices leading the movement to make America safer. “No neighborhood, no community is immune from gun violence. We're building a movement that we know in Connecticut has results. And for anybody who says that these laws have no effect, just come to Connecticut. We’ve reduced the number of homicides, reduced the number of gun deaths, because we have... laws that are just plain common sense. But our state borders are porous. We need national solutions. And we should be demanding them from Congress.”
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Sandy Hook Promise Releases Statement on Virginia Beach, VA Shooting
Newtown, CT - On Friday, May 31st, twelve people were killed and four were injured when a disgruntled employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach, VA. This tragedy is the deadliest mass shooting in 2019.
In response, Sandy Hook Promise is releasing the following statement:
“We are heartbroken for the Virginia Beach community, as their community is added to a growing list of cities across the country that has been marred by gun violence. According to the Gun Violence Archive, this is the 150th mass shooting to take place in our country and the deadliest shooting that we have seen since the Thousand Oaks, CA tragedy that took place last fall,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. “We must all take the time to learn the signs of someone in crisis and say something when we see them, as it can save lives. We all have a responsibility to look out for one another to create safer communities across our country.”
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NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces partnership with Sandy Hook Promise to provide the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System statewide in 2019-20
May 30, 2019 - NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the state education agency has contracted with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to provide a statewide Say Something Anonymous Reporting System in the 2019-20 school year. The Say Something program, including an anonymous mobile tip app, is a school safety program designed to change and save lives by teaching students, educators, and administrators how to recognize the signs and signals of those who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others and to anonymously report this information through the mobile tip app, the website, or the telephone crisis hotline.
“Students play a critical role in helping to keep schools safe,” Johnson said. “They may see and hear concerns that adults need to know about but may be reluctant to report it. With the Say Something program, middle and high school students will better understand what warning signs to look for and when and how to report important tips through an app. Making this app available will be an important part of our efforts to make schools safer.”
"We are proud and eager to work with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to train students across the state to 'know the signs' of potential violence and report them to a trusted adult or via the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “With these comprehensive violence prevention systems in place, North Carolina schools will be safer, protecting millions of lives and empowering youth to be upstanders in their communities."
The Sandy Hook Promise Gala coming up this June honors Promise Champions, the men and women from across the country working to prevent violence and victimization in all its forms. Proceeds from the Sandy Hook Promise Gala help fund delivery of Sandy Hook Promise’s no-cost violence prevention programs in schools, youth organizations, and communities nationwide. Please join us in thanking our generous Gala sponsors, who make so much of our work possible:
American Medical Association
Anne Lewis Strategies, an Infogroup Company
Bank of America
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Levi Strauss & Co.
Liberty Partners Group
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Association of Broadcasters
National Education Association
New York Life
Peck Madigan Jones
Precision Medicine Group
Procter & Gamble
Stanley Black & Decker
The Elva and Lawrence O'Brien Family Trust
The Nickles Group
Transport Workers Union
Vic Fazio and Kathy Sawyer
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Sandy Hook Promise Announces Winners of Annual Say Something Call-to-Action Week
Schools across the country are recognized for student leadership in implementing and sustaining Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something program to save lives
Newtown, CT – May 22, 2019 -- Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a leading gun violence prevention organization, announced today the winners of its 4th annual Say Something Call-to-Action Week. Say Something is a proven program that educates young people and adults how to identify, assess, and get help for someone in crisis before they harm themselves or others.