FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sandy Hook Promise and Students Against Violence Everywhere to Host
National Youth Violence Prevention Week Nationwide
National Youth Violence Week to be held on March 19th – 23rd
with daily activities to help students prevent violence.
Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) and Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is hosting its 15th annual National Youth Violence Prevention Week the week of March 19th – 23rd. National Youth Violence Prevention Week is a campaign to help raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, education administrators, counselors, parents, and the general public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence.
Throughout the week, students will learn important skills on how to make their schools and communities safer. Each day has a theme and SHP/SAVE have partnered with top national organizations, such as the National Association of School Psychologists, Teaching Tolerance, the Allstate Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Discovery Education to offer activities and information to support each day’s focus. Also, a number of other organizations have joined as community partners to bring a variety of perspectives and resources to the campaign.
Here is a breakdown of the events per day:
Monday, March 19th: Know the Signs - Sponsored by the National Association of School Psychologists
- Through SHP’s Say Something program, students will learn how to identify, assess, and intervene when they see a peer exhibiting at-risk behaviors in-person or via social media.
Tuesday, March 20th: Promote Respect and Tolerance - Sponsored by Teaching Tolerance
- Students will learn ways to build capacity for youth empathy, social responsibility, and social activism by providing them with vital knowledge through SHP’s Signs of Suicide program.
Wednesday, March 22st: Be an Upstander - Sponsored by The Allstate Foundation
- Students will learn how to create an inclusive and connected community through SHP’s Start With Hello program.
Thursday, March 22nd: Resolve Conflicts Peacefully - Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Students will learn techniques that will help illustrate positive ways to deal with difficult situations such as bullying and peer pressure.
Friday, March 22rd: Unite in Action - Sponsored by Discovery Education
- To end the week, students learn ways to sustain the programs and trainings that were taught throughout the week.
In addition, SHP/SAVE has joined Project and Prevention (POP) on Youth Violence to present its proven Say Something programs at POP’s Leadership Development Conference in Chicago, IL at the DuSable Museum on Thursday, March 22nd and its Anti-Violence Leadership Conference in Hammond, IN at the Hammond Civic Center on Friday, March 23rd. To learn more about these events, please visit www.chipop.org.
To access activities, information, and resources to help prepare for the week, visit www.nationalsave.org/NYVPW. You can also download an action kit here for a step-by-step guide for planning the events, as well as suggestions for how each sector of your community can support the campaign.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.
Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Clubs are an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise where young people across the country come together to show their leadership, creativity, and passion for protecting their peers, schools, and communities from violence before it happens.
For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.
For more information and to register a SAVE Promise Club, visit https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/savepromiseclub.
Dini von Mueffling Communications