Sandy Hook Promise

LAST UPDATED: October 15, 2018
Crime Prevention & Legal Services
Sandy Hook Promise’s (SHP) mission is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by creating a culture engaged and committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others. This is achieved by training youth and adults in SHP’s four Know the Signs (KTS) violence prevention programs, delivered at no cost, to middle and high schools nationwide: 1) Start With Hello teaches youth how to minimize social isolation, marginalization, and rejection by supporting the creation of an inclusive community that reaches out and connects with at-risk individuals. 2) Say Something teaches youth to recognize warning signs, especially in social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult or report it using our Anonymous Reporting System. 3) Signs of Suicide Prevention Program trains youth and adults how to identify, intervene, and get help for people who may be depressed or suicidal. This program is delivered to youth, educators, and parents. 4) Safety Assessment and Intervention teaches a multidisciplinary team within a school how to identify, assess, and respond to threats of violence or at-risk behavior BEFORE a tragedy takes place. To date, SHP has trained 3.5 million youth and adults in 7,000+ schools and youth organizations in all 50 states. KTS is in some of the largest school districts in the country including Miami-Dade.
13 Church Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470

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Peter Wellner, Ed.D.
Board Chair
Integrated Executive Management
Nicole Hockley
Board Director
Sandy Hook Promise
Bill Sherlach
Board Vice Chairman
Morgan Stanley
Joe Cassidy
Board Treasurer
Mark Barden
Board Director
Sandy Hook Promise
Jackie Barden
Board Director
Pauling School District, NY
Matt Bennett
Board Secretary
Third Way
Ian Hockley
Board Director
Dylan's Wings of Change Foundation
Bradley Myles
Board Director
Polaris Foundation
Tim Makris
Board Director, Ex-Officio
Sandy Hook Promise


Nicole Hockley
Managing Director
Mark Barden
Managing Director
Tim Makris
Managing Director
Lauren Alfred Levin
Vice President, Policy and Partnerships
Dave Conrad
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer
Paula Fynboh
Vice President, Field Operations
Sarah Jakiel
Vice President, Say Something - Anonymous Reporting System
Dawn Lyons
Vice President, Marketing and Programs
Sara Sykes
Vice President, Development and Strategic Partnerships


This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.