SHP and SAVE Promise Clubs to Host Annual Youth Summit in North Carolina


Sandy Hook Promise to Host Annual SAVE Promise Club Summit in North Carolina

Student leaders, including Parkland’s David Hogg, come together the day after second wave of national school walkouts to discuss proven gun violence prevention methods

Newtown – On Saturday, April 21st, one day after the second national school walkout of 2018 and 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will host the annual SAVE Youth Summit, “Promise 2 Youth” for SAVE Promise Clubs across the country. SHP acquired SAVE last June and will continue the annual tradition of the important youth summit. Students leaders, advisors, and advocates will come together to showcase successful tactics and training to make schools and communities safer. The full day summit will be held at the NC State McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC.

Speakers for this year’s summit will include David Hogg, Marjory Stoneman Douglas student and gun violence prevention activist, Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, SHP’s Co-Founders and Managing Directors and the parents of Dylan Hockley and Daniel Barden, respectively, who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, Angie Bynum, Dawne Orange, and Gray Weart, Co-Founders of SAVE, as well as student leaders and gun violence prevention activists Ben Holtzman, Aaliyah Stewart, Natalie Barden, and SAVE Promise Club members from across the country.

“I am inspired by the countless student leaders around the country who are standing up to ensure their school and community is safe from not only gun violence, but all forms of violence, “said Nicole Hockley. “I am proud to join and speak with these amazing young people, as well educators, parents, and school resource officers, to further the conversation around ways they can learn how to spot the signs of at-risk behaviors to stop violence before it happens.”

At the summit, students, educators, parents, and school safety leaders will learn best practices for implementing, leading, and sustaining SHP’s proven Know the Signs programs that include Say Something, Start with Hello, Signs of Suicide, and Safety Assessment & Intervention in their schools and communities. SAVE Promise Club members will also be on hand to share advice about rolling out these programs in their schools.

In addition, schools who performed above and beyond during SHP’s national Say Something Call-to-Action Week this past October will present the video and activities they implemented during the call-to-action week to summit attendees. As a part of their winning prize, winners and runners-up each received a stipend to attend and present at the summit.

The winning schools include:

  • Columbia High School – Say Something Grand Prize Winner for an Individual School
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg High School – Say Something Student Spirit, Creativity, and Sustainability Winner
  • Burnet Middle School – Say Something Community Reach and Sustainability Winner
  • Pinecrest High School – Say Something Community Reach and Sustainability Runner-Up
  • Olde Town Middle School - Say Something Community Reach and Sustainability Runner-Up


About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. They are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities 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. For more information visit or call 203-304-9780.


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