Say Something

The Say Something program empowers K-12 students to be Upstanders and say something to a Trusted Adult when they recognize warning signs and threats as well as offers ways students can grow a community of Upstanders. 

Learn about the Say Something program:

The program is designed around three goals that are accomplished using the program's framework and reinforced through the program cycle.     


The three goals of the Say Something program are to teach students how to: 

  • Recognize warning signs and threats of someone who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others. 
  • Say something to a Trusted Adult to get help. 
  • Grow a community of Upstanders who look out for one another. 

Program Framework

The goals are accomplished using our three-step program framework:

  1. Recognize Warning Signs and Threats: learn what warning signs and threats are and where they are likely to be found.

  2. Act Immediately; Take it Seriously: learn why it's important to take action immediately when warning signs and threats are observed.

  3. Say Something: Learn when to tell a trusted adult when warning signs and threats are observed. 

Program Cycle

The goals and the framework are continually reinforced using our five-stage program cycle.


Because every school and youth organization is different, we have designed each stage of the program cycle to be flexible. 


All resources needed to implement the program cycle are available for free on our Digital Library and are aligned with the social and emotional learning standards developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.  To learn more about the program cycle, watch the video below.


How Do I Get Started  

Register to access all our program resources at no cost. 


Implement the Say Something program using our Implementation Guide


There are five stages to the Say Something program cycle.  Each stage provides enough flexibility so that educators and students can implement it themselves.  All of the resources you need are available here on the Learning Center at no cost.

View Program Cycle


have participated in the Say Something program. 


SAVE Promise Clubs have brought Start With Hello to their school or youth organization.

With 100% of school attackers exhibiting warning signs before their attack, the Say Something program can help build safer communities.