FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
Dini von Mueffing Communications