SAVE Promise Club Summit

Super Power Youth Summit

April 13, 2019 — H.E. Winkler Middle School, Concord, NC

Sandy Hook Promise is excited to continue the annual tradition of the SAVE Youth Summit for SAVE Promise Clubs across the country! This annual gathering of student leaders, advisors and advocates showcases successful practices in preventing violence and training participants in effective ways to make their schools and communities safer.

It is a time for youth voices to be heard in workshops, peer-to-peer presentations and activities that encourage, educate, engage and empower youth with violence prevention strategies. Please join us at H.E. Winkler Middle School in Concord, NC (closest airport is in Charlotte, NC) for motivating workshops, outstanding speakers, national awareness efforts and special presentations.

Hear what Michael Williams, principal of the school hosting this year's summit, has to say about the event:

"As a founding SAVE Club member, I am both thrilled and honored to host the 2019 SAVE Summit at H.E. Winkler Middle School on April 13. I can think of no better place for this 30th-anniversary gathering than right here in North Carolina, where it all began. I am eager to welcome all 1,000+ SAVE Promise Clubs nationwide and share ideas for further advancing a student culture based on inclusion and compassion.”
- Michael Williams, Principal, H.E. Winkler Middle School

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Dynamic Speakers

Mark Barden is the father of Daniel Barden, one of 20 first-graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with six educators. Mark has dedicated himself to bringing people together to find sensible solutions that will prevent future tragedies and spare other families the pain of losing a child to gun violence. As Managing Director, Mark leads and manages the organization with Nicole Hockley. Mark focuses on policy and outreach efforts for Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) and frequently serves as a spokesperson for the organization.

Nicole Hockley is the mother of Dylan Hockley, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national gun violence prevention non-profit that delivers prevention programs to schools around the country, free of cost. Nicole joined SHP in January of 2013, just weeks after the tragedy. She has given multiple TEDx talks on gun safety and knowing the signs of someone who may be in crisis, or planning violence toward themselves or others, as well as dozens of speaking engagements and trainings at schools around the country. She works to ensure that no other parents will have to endure the pain of losing a child to preventable gun violence.

Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, like many of her classmates, became an activist after she survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida that left 17 of her classmates and teachers dead. In the wake of the tragedy, and on the heels of nationwide school walk-outs and the March for Our Lives, Ho-Shing called for more than gun law reform alone. She’s demanding an intersectional approach to the #NeverAgain movement.

Mei-Ling began her activism by calling and leading a press conference to amplify the voices and experiences of students of color, marking a new generation of activist aiming to be fiercely intersectional. Mei-Ling has addressed audiences on local and national platforms, including the United Nations, National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, 50 Years After King: I AM 2018 Mountaintop Conference, Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly and the United State of Women 2018 Summit. Mei-Ling has been featured in local and national media outlets including Ms. Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Essence Magazine, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Westside Gazette, USA Today and the Washington Post.

Mei-Ling served as a member on Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz Task Force on Gun Control and Safety, was an intern for the Andrew Gillum for Governor Campaign and serves on the Student Advisory Council for The Student Gun Violence Summit. She has forged alliances with Megan Hobson, Beyond the March: A Youth-Led Town Hall on Gun Violence, Dream Defenders, American Civil Liberties Union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the American Federation of Teachers. She credits Dr. Rosalind Osgood, School Board Member of Broward County, Florida, with inspiring her to give voice to radical change in gun laws and hopes to pay it forward by becoming a global social justice leader.

Natalie Barden is a junior at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT. In 2012, she lost her first-grade brother Daniel in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Following the loss of her brother, Natalie has become outspoken about gun violence across the country. She is a member of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing Newtown youth with the opportunity to be gun violence prevention activists through legislation and cultural change. 

In addition to this, Natalie is a very active teen. She is a musician who sings and plays piano, as well as hosts “Natalie’s Open Mic”, an open mic that provides kids and teens with the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. She has an incredible love for swimming and is a year-round lifeguard, coaches a spring swim clinic for kids, teaches swimming in the summer, and is on the Newtown High School swim team where she manages the boys team. She is also a mentor with the Reach Mentorship Program.


Additional speakers to be announced!

Who Should Attend

  • SAVE Promise Clubs
  • Youth
  • Educators
  • School Resource Officers
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Youth Leaders
  • Parents
  • Coaches
  • School Safety Leaders
  • Promise Leaders & Presenters

Interactive Breakouts

Agenda at a Glance

Click here to download the agenda.

Friday, April 12, 2019

7:00 - 9:00 P.M. — Welcome Reception & Pizza Party

Saturday, April 13, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 A.M. — Chapter Arrival & Registration

10:00 - 11:00 A.M. — Opening Session

11:10 A.M. - 12:00 P.M — Workshop Sessions I

12:00 P.M. - 12:50 P.M. — Lunch

1:00 P.M. - 1:50 P.M. — Workshop Sessions II

2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. — Closing Session

Call for Photos & Videos

Lights, camera, action! We want to see your SAVE Promise Club in action! We are collecting photos and videos of your club to showcase at the Super Power Youth Summit and on social media. Please email them to

What's your Super Power?

Attendees at the Super Power Youth Summit will have an opportunity to share what their Super Power Promise is to prevent youth violence in their school and community. Those that can’t attend, can send in their Super Power Promise statements on post-it notes to be added to the large banner! Send post-its before March 29 to: Sandy Hook Promise, Super Power Youth Summit, PO Box 3489, Newtown, CT 06470

Area Hotel

For those of you traveling from out of town, we have a room block at the Embassy Suites in Concord, NC. To book under your block and get the group rate of $149, guests will need the group code "SHP".

You can book reservations by either:

  • Going online to and following these steps: 1. Make a Reservation; 2. Select Dates of Your Stay; 3. Add Special Rate Codes; 4. Group Code: SHP
  • Calling the hotel directly at (704) 455-8200 and speaking to the Reservations Department. Please give the agent the dates needed and your group, SHP.

Please note the cutoff for making reservations is midnight on Mar. 3, 2019. Any requests made after this date or made after the block reservation has been filled will be taken on a rate and availability basis.

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Super Power Youth Summit Flyer

Click here to download a printable flyer on the SAVE Promise Club Youth Summit that includes a mailable registration form.

Media/Press Statement

Registrants understand that photographs may be taken during this Sandy Hook Promise event. By attending, all students and adult advisors hereby give permission that photos containing their image/likeness may be used for publicity or general information purposes including publication on our web site, marketing materials, social media, and/or within other publicity which may be seen by the general public. Sandy Hook Promise will not seek any further permission nor provide any notification before using such photos.

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Register for the Super Power Youth Summit

  • Early Bird Registration: $25.00 per person before Feb. 15, 2019
  • Regular Registration: $35.00 per person before Mar. 15, 2019

Registration fee covers admission, T-shirt, materials and lunch. At least one advisor is required to attend with SAVE Promise Club members. All attendees, youth and adults, must pay registration fee.

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