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Sandy Hook Promise’s transformative Start With Hello, Say Something, and Say Something-ARS programs empower youth to be Upstanders that create a welcoming, inclusive, and safe culture.   


We understand that schools are very busy and have little to time for new programs. That’s the beauty of our programs: They are flexible and can be adapted to the needs, interests, and capacity of any classroom, school, and youth organization. 


What Is The Start With Hello Program? 

The Start With Hello program empowers students in grades K-12 to recognize loneliness and social isolation in their peers, offering effective strategies to reach out and help, and ways they can grow an empathetic and inclusive community. 

What Is The Say Something Program?  

The Say Something program empowers students to be Upstanders and say something to a Trusted Adult when they recognize warning signs and threats. Say Something also offers ways students can grow a community of Upstanders. 

What Is the Say Something-ARS Program?  

The Say Something-ARS program empowers students to be Upstanders.  Students learn how to say something to a Trusted Adult and submit a tip to the Anonymous Reporting System when they recognize warning signs and threats.   

How Do I Implement these programs? 

The Start With Hello, Say Something, Say Something-ARS  programs are implemented using our five-stage Program Cycle. 

SHP 5 Stage program Cycle

How do I get started? 

  1. Learn more about the programs: Start With Hello, Say Something, or Say Something-ARS.* 
  2. Choose the program(s) you want to implement.  
  3. Register to access all our program resources at no cost.** 


*The Say Something-ARS student training and resources are only available to educators and school personnel in districts or states with which Sandy Hook Promise has a partnership agreement.  If you are interested in learning more about how to bring the program to your school, please email [email protected] and one of our Account Managers will contact you.   


**Sandy Hook Promise won’t share your information, registering helps you stay informed and connected to our supportive, active community and not miss out on key communications! 

Welcome from Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden

Sandy Hook Promise’s co-founders and CEOs directors, Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, welcome you to the Learning Center and provide an overview of the trainings and resources available to you at no-cost.