About Sandy Hook Promise

Protecting America’s children from gun violence in honor of the precious lives that were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Our Story

From Tragedy To Transformation

Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut, our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. By empowering youth to “know the signs” and uniting all people who value the protection of children, we can take meaningful actions in schools, homes, and communities to prevent gun violence and stop the tragic loss of life.

Nicole Hockley speaks at event
Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley

Our Co-founders

Leading out of love

Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

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Our Mission

End School Shootings and Create a Culture Change That Prevents Violence

The mission of Sandy Hook Promise is to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through our proven, evidence-informed Know the Signs programs and sensible, bipartisan school and gun safety legislation, we teach young people and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others.

Through our Programs

14+ Million Participants

Through our Programs

23,000+ Schools engaged

We Are Honored To Be Recognized For Our Programs And Campaigns

5 Star Top-Rated Charity
Four Freedoms Award
Community Leadership Award
Gold Seal Of Transparency
Community Leadership Award

Where to Next?

Expanding our proven Know the Signs programs to teach more youth and adults how to prevent violence, shootings, and other harmful acts with age-appropriate, antiracist curriculum that can be delivered online or in-person.

Measuring our effectiveness to learn what’s working and celebrate our shared successes.

Through our sister organization, Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund, writing and championing common sense policy to prevent gun violence and support mental wellness.