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Sandy Hook Promise Launches New “Say Something Digital” Youth Violence Prevention Course to Reduce Violence in Schools
Newtown, CT - October 26, 2017 – Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) has launched a new digital version of their evidence-based Say Something violence prevention program. Say Something Digitalwas developed in collaboration with leading education technology company EVERFI, and helps students identify the signs of violence or self-harm among their peers and empowers them to “say something” to a trusted adult. Sandy Hook Promise is a national non-profit gun violence prevention organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
The Say Something Digital program is based on SHP’s existing Say Something in-person and self-led trainings, but allows students to practice handling these difficult situations through simulated real-world scenarios. Within the course, students look at sample social media posts and assess true-life conversations among peers to identify potential warning signs. Students are then asked to walk through an example conversation with a trusted adult to prepare them to ‘say something’. The digital course can be used as the primary Say Something training, or as a supplement during a free period, select class, or as a homework assignment. The digital delivery makes it easy for schools to use the course as a reinforcement exercise throughout the school year after the initial training.
“This new digital learning initiative will allow students to navigate multiple virtual scenarios, evaluate warning signs and threats, and reflect on their decisions. Violence is preventable when students know the signs and take action,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and Managing Director at Sandy Hook Promise. Hockley is the mother of Dylan, who was 6 years old when he was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“We are incredibly proud to have partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to provide a scalable digital learning program to empower young people to both recognize the signs of need and take action,” said EVERFI Chief Operating Officer Tammy Wincup. “These issues affect our children in every community across the country. There is more we can do.”
Say Something is one of SHP’s four Know The Signs violence prevention programs. SHP has trained over 2 million youth and adults in these evidenced-based, life-saving programs. The programs are offered free to schools and organizations across the country, and have helped stop multiple school shootings, suicides and other threats of violence, and reduced bullying nationally. “We feel strongly about offering these important programs for free, because cost should never be a factor in saving a life,” said Nicole Hockley.
Non-fatal and fatal violence at schools has been on the rise since the early 2000s. The RAND Corporation has reported that 20-30 percent of American students (i.e. over 10 million students) repeatedly either engage in, or are the victims of bullying tactics such as physical aggression, verbal harassment, public humiliation, cyber bullying and/or rumor mongering. These factors contribute to self-harm, suicide or harm to others, and cultivate a climate of fear.
“To change these disturbing statistics, it is critical that we build an inclusive culture that encourages ‘upstanders’, not bystanders,” said Hockley. “Administrators at schools across the country have reported that after implementing our Know the Signs programs students have created a more inclusive community that looks after one another, and who don’t hesitate to speak up when something is amiss.”
To bring Say Something to your school or organization, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.
About EVERFI, Inc.
EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides education for the real world. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 3,300 partner organizations across all 50 states and Canada and annually reaches 6 million learners. Learn more at EVERFI.com