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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Tragic Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Tragic Shooting
at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise released this statement from Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting:

“This weekend, we experienced another unspeakable tragedy caused by gun violence. Our hearts ache as we continue to grieve with Pittsburgh, the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Jewish community, and our entire country. We understand this pain all too well, as our nation has too often been in this state of despair after each life lost and after each senseless act of preventable violence.

We know that places of worship, like schools, should be safe places for the community. When this sense of safety is diminished, it hurts all of us. Though are hearts are broken, our spirits are not. We must remain vigilant and turn our pain into meaningful action that will stop this cycle of violence.

As with so many other tragedies before this, there were signs: signs shown by this individual that could have been reported and acted upon to prevent this tragedy BEFORE it happened. Statements of hatred and thoughts of violence should not be tolerated and should be acted upon before it is too late.

How many times can a heart be broken? Mine has been shattered so many times – first when my son Dylan was murdered in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook School, and breaking again every time another life is lost in a senseless tragedy. We must unite together and commit to preventing violence – in our schools, in our places of worship, and every place where we expect and deserve to feel and be safe.

We must prevent violence. We must protect each other. Our lives depend on it.”

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 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.

 

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.
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Sandy Hook Promise’s SAVE Promise Clubs to Host National SAVE Day Events on October 24th During Safe Schools Week

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Sandy Hook Promise’s SAVE Promise Clubs to Host

National SAVE Day Events on October 24th During Safe Schools Week

 

Newtown, CT – On Wednesday, October 24th, Sandy Hook Promise invites all SAVE Promise Clubs to host events and activities in hundreds of schools across the country for its annual National SAVE Day during Safe Schools Week. The day provides students and educators tangible and easy to implement activities that teach how to create a safe and inclusive school community, as well as how to prevent violence before it starts.

 

Safe Schools Week, which takes place during the third week in October, draws attention to the continuing problem of school violence and provides various ways the students can create a safer and more secure school environment.

 

“Safe Schools Week is an important week that greatly aligns with Sandy Hook Promise’s mission, as it reinforces ways that students can be upstanders in their schools and communities and teaches them ways to prevent violence and victimization before it occurs. We are excited to see what the SAVE Promise Clubs do this year to engage their peers in schools across the country,” 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.

 

A few ways that National SAVE Day addresses this is by inviting SAVE Promise Clubs across the country to rollout various activities such as: 

  • Hosting a selfie station in the cafeteria and using the hashtag #SAVEDAY
  • Challenging all students to get to know at least one student they currently don’t know well
  • Asking older students to “adopt” younger student in their school and have them serve as their “buddy” throughout the school year
  • Writing positive letters and anonymously deliver them to students and adults
  • Writing compliments and happy comments on post-it notes and place on lockers, desks, and mirrors
  • Creating positive and encouraging messages with chalk on the sidewalks around the school

 

For additional activities, as well as how to start a SAVE Promise Club, please visit: http://nationalsave.org.

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 it happens 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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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the New Jersey Department of Education to Train Students on Gun Violence Prevention


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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New Jersey Department of Education

Carmen Cusido

carmen.cusido@doe.nj.gov

(609) 376-9072

 

Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the New Jersey Department of Education to Train Students on Gun Violence Prevention

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it is partnering with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to help train its students, educators, and school administrators on ways to identify, assess, intervene, and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. More than 115,000 students in 10 school districts across the state will receive training through the STOP School Violence Act. The NJDOE was awarded $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to support school violence prevention and has awarded SHP $626,000 from the grant award for this endeavor.

“We are proud to work with New Jersey’s Department of Education to teach teachers, students, and others how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in Connecticut in 2012.

“Sandy Hook Promise is being proactive in helping keep our children safe, and I’m happy we’re partnering with them on this initiative,” said New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet.

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide are part of SHP’s Know the Signs programs.

Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another. Say Something trains students to recognize signs, especially on social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to reach out to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, educators, and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs. To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states. The programs are credited with having helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, and other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. It builds off the research and lessons learned from mass school shootings and scales proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future acts of violence. Lawmakers passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with a bipartisan group of representatives to write and pass this legislation.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Laker Public Schools to Protect over 1,200 Students District-Wide with Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Laker Public Schools to Protect over  

1,200 Students District-Wide with Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs

as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

 

The organization is partnering with Laker Public Schools to train students in its  

Know the Signs programs to learn how to prevent violence before it starts

 

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with Laker Public Schools to help train its students, educators, and school administrators how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. Through the STOP School Violence Act over 1,200 students in six schools across the district will receive training.

 

“We are proud to work with Laker School District to help keep its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs, as well as how to create an inclusive and connected community. We know we can prevent violence through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect the students of Huron County,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  

 

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. Start With Hello and Say Something are programs that are geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, as well as educators and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.  

 

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

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 it happens 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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Sandy Hook Promise and Broward County Public Schools Expand Partnership to Bring Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs to 80,000 Students Districtwide As a Result of the STOP School Violence Ac

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Sandy Hook Promise and Broward County Public Schools Expand Partnership to Bring

Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs to 80,000 Students Districtwide

As a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

 

The organization is partnering with Broward County Public Schools to train students in its  

Know the Signs programs to learn how to prevent violence before it starts

 

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce it is expanding its partnership with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) to help train its students, educators, and school administrators how to identity, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello and Say Something programs. Through the Stop School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program grant, which is funded by the STOP School Violence Act, SHP and BCPS will provide targeted support to approximately 55 schools in the District, reaching  over 80,000 students.

 

“As the Broward County community continues to heal from the devastating shooting that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, we are proud to work with Broward County Public Schools to  train their students and educators in our proven programs that will help keep their schools and communities safe from violence using funding that has been made available through the STOP School Violence Act,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

“We must ensure our students are connected and developing positive relationships with each other,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Through the STOP School Violence Act grant funding, we are proud to expand the Sandy Hook Promise Know the Signs violence prevention programs for thousands of our students, staff and families.  These programs are a tremendous resource for supporting students’ social and emotional health, and for combating social isolation in schools.”  

“When I introduced the STOP School Violence Act with my Florida colleague Congressman Rutherford, we didn’t know that only a few weeks later, my constituents would experience the horrific attack at Stoneman Douglas. After February 14, this bill became even more important to parents and students across the country who feared that their school would be next," said Congressman Deutch. "Grant recipients will now be able to use these funds to set up important systems for reporting suspicious behavior and creating clear lines of communication between schools and law enforcement. This is an important step toward preventing gun violence in schools.”

 

Start With Hello and Say Something are two of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs that are directly geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult.

 

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

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 it happens 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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Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris

stephanie@dvmcpr.com

646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Durant Independent School District to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Durant Independent School District to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs

 

Sandy Hook Promise is proud to have worked closely with Durant Independent School District to secure grant funding under the STOP School Violence Act to train students, as well as educators and school administrators, districtwide how to identity, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. This funding with help train over 3,700 students in six schools across the district.

 

“We are proud to work with Durant Independent School District to help keep all of its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs. The funding available under the STOP School Violence Act will have a great impact as prevention programs, such as our Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide, are proven to help save lives,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

“We are excited to receive this grant under the STOP School Violence Act which will allow us to partner with the Sandy Hook Promise team to train our students, faculty and staff in these prevention programs and assist in keeping Durant Schools a safe place to learn ,” said Delinda Knox, Safe Schools Director.

 

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. Start With Hello and Say Something are programs that are geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, as well as educators and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.

 

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

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 it happens 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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Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris stephanie@dvmcpr.com 646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Jackson County Schools to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Jackson County Schools to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs

 

Sandy Hook Promise is proud to have worked closely with Jackson County Schools to secure grant funding under the STOP School Violence Act to train students, as well as educators and school administrators, districtwide how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. This funding with help train over 2,300 students in four schools across the district.

 

“We are proud to work with Jackson County Schools to help keep all of its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs. The funding available under the STOP School Violence Act will have a great impact as prevention programs, such as our Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide, are proven to help save lives,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

“We are happy to receive this grant, funded through the STOP School Violence Act, to supplement our ongoing efforts to keep all of our students and staff safe. Jackson County Schools places a high priority on safety, working closely law enforcement agencies and community partners, such as the We Care Committee, to enhance school safety and security,” said Blaine Hess, Superintendent of Schools.

 

The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. Start With Hello and Say Something are programs that are geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, as well as educators and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.

 

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

 

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

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 it happens 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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AG HEALEY’S OFFICE, SANDY HOOK PROMISE RECEIVE $1 MILLION GRANT TO EXPAND VIOLENCE PREVENTION EDUCATION, TRAIN NEARLY 140,000 STUDENTS ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS

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October 5, 2018 

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AG HEALEY’S OFFICE, SANDY HOOK PROMISE RECEIVE $1 MILLION GRANT TO EXPAND VIOLENCE PREVENTION EDUCATION, TRAIN NEARLY 140,000 STUDENTS ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS

 

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey and Mark Barden of Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, announced today that the AG’s Office will receive $1 million to expand school-based violence prevention and suicide training and mental health training to nearly 140,000 students across Massachusetts.

 

“With Sandy Hook Promise, our office applied for this grant to help students learn and grow in environments without violence,” said AG Healey. “We now have $1 million dollars to invest in mental health training, suicide prevention, and school-based violence prevention programs, and to keep our students safe.”

  

“We at Sandy Hook Promise are honored to work with Attorney General Maura Healey and her team to expand the reach of our programs in Massachusetts. Through the STOP School Violence Act, we will be able to train over 139,000 students across the state on how to be an “upstander” in their school and community, as well as how to create a culture of inclusiveness. We know that prevention programs, such as our Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide, can help prevent violence before it occurs and we are proud to roll these programs out to students statewide,” 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. 

 

The AG’s Office was awarded this funding through the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance’s School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program, which is providing funding to implement training and education on preventing violence and effectively responding to related mental health crises.

 

The mission of Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is to provide programs and practices that protect children and prevent the senseless, tragic loss of life. Over the past five years, SHP has trained over 3.5 million adults and students across the country and is deeply committed to preventing violence in schools. SHP is already working in Massachusetts to train students in evidence-based violence prevention programs.

 

This grant funding will allow the AG’s Office and SHP to significantly increase the number of students and educators trained in evidence-based programs. The goal is to prevent school violence by focusing on training students and educators to identify the warning signs of violence and take action before a tragedy occurs.

 

The AG’s Office and SHP will collaborate to train educators and students over the course of three years in the three Know the Signs programs that will teach youth and adults how to identify, assess, and intervene before a young person hurts themselves or others.

 

  1. Signs of Suicideis a universal, school-based prevention program for middle school and high school students, which uses a train-the-trainer model for personnel and students to identify the warning signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and self-injury and take action when needed.

  2. Say Somethingis a violence prevention and education program, with a focus on social media, that teaches students in grades 6-12 how to recognize warning signs and signals of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others, and to “say something” to a trusted adult before the person hurts themselves or others.

  3. Start With Hellois a violence prevention program for students in grades 5-12 that teaches students how to be more inclusive and connected to one another. 

 

The AG’s Office currently leads two school-based prevention education initiatives. In 2015, the AG’s Office partnered with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to launch Game Change, which provides training to middle and high school students and faculty on healthy relationships and bystander intervention to prevent domestic and dating violence. In 2017, the AG’s Office and the GE Foundation launched Project Here, an initiative that is making substance use prevention education available to all public middle schools in Massachusetts.

 

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