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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Jackson County Schools to Secure Funding Under the STOP School Violence Act to Train Students Districtwide How to Prevent Violence Before It Starts with Proven Prevention Programs
Sandy Hook Promise is proud to have worked closely with Jackson County Schools to secure grant funding under the STOP School Violence Act to train students, as well as educators and school administrators, districtwide how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. This funding with help train over 2,300 students in four schools across the district.
“We are proud to work with Jackson County Schools to help keep all of its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs. The funding available under the STOP School Violence Act will have a great impact as prevention programs, such as our Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide, are proven to help save lives,” 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 are happy to receive this grant, funded through the STOP School Violence Act, to supplement our ongoing efforts to keep all of our students and staff safe. Jackson County Schools places a high priority on safety, working closely law enforcement agencies and community partners, such as the We Care Committee, to enhance school safety and security,” said Blaine Hess, Superintendent of Schools.
The Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. Start With Hello and Say Something are programs that are 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. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, as well as educators and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.
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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.
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