Who We Are
SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Clubs are a place for young people across the country to show their leadership, creativity and passion for protecting their friends, schools and communities from violence BEFORE it happens.
SAVE Promise Clubs are established and led by students, and are a powerful approach to preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) because they recognize the unique role that young people play in making their schools and communities safer.
A SAVE Promise Club can be a stand-alone club or embedded into an existing club, such as SADD, Student Council, FCCLA, or another student leadership, civic or kindness club. Many SAVE Promise Clubs are successful meeting only once or twice a month and organizing 4 activities throughout the year.
Who is Sandy Hook Promise?
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org.
Why Register as an Official SAVE Promise Club?
Whether you have participated as a SAVE chapter in the past, are forming a new SAVE Promise Club in your school or youth organization, or are embedding your SAVE Promise Club efforts into an existing club, such as SADD, Student Council, FCCLA, or another student leadership, civic or kindness club, you are encouraged to sign up as an official SAVE Promise Club with Sandy Hook Promise.
The benefits of registering as an official SAVE Promise Club include:
- No-cost access to Sandy Hook Promise’s Know The Signs violence prevention programs, including Say Something, Start With Hello, Signs of Suicide (SOS) and Safety Assessment & Intervention. Depending on your location and size of your school, a trained Sandy Hook Promise Presenter may be able to train your school in these programs at no-cost.
- Eligibility to have your students and club apply for special SAVE Promise Club awards and recognition.
- An invitation to join Sandy Hook Promise at our annual SAVE Promise Club Summit.
- Eligibility for club and students to apply to present at the annual SAVE Promise Club Summit.
- A certificate recognizing your school or youth organization as an official SAVE Promise Club.
- Recognition as an official SAVE Promise Club on the Sandy Hook Promise SAVE Promise Club website.
- Informative monthly newsletters and communications with tips, ideas and best practices for organizing SAVE Promise Club activities within your school or youth organization.
- Eligibility for your students to apply to join the SAVE Promise Club National Youth Advisory Committee.
- A chance to have your SAVE Promise Club featured in Sandy Hook Promise and SAVE Promise Clubs communications, social media and media events.
- Access to one-on-one support from Sandy Hook Promise.
Expectations of SAVE Promise Clubs:
- Register your SAVE Promise Club officially with Sandy Hook Promise.
- Bring Sandy Hook Promise’s no-cost and easy to implement Know The Signs violence prevention programs to your school or youth organization. Sandy Hook Promise requires all SAVE Promise Clubs to implement and sustain at least one of the Know The Signs programs: Say Something, Start With Hello and/or Signs of Suicide (SOS).
- Share your stories, successes, ideas and activities back to Sandy Hook Promise.
- Participate in at least one call to action per school year – either Say Something Week in October, or Start With Hello Week in February(SAVE Promise Clubs are strongly encouraged to participate in both call to action weeks).
- Commit to creating an inclusive SAVE Promise Club, dedicated to teaching and empowering your school or youth organization to prevent violence BEFORE it happens.
- Keep your SAVE Promise Club contact names and information current and up to date.
How to Get Involved: Let’s Get Started!
Starting a SAVE Promise Club in your school or youth organization is as easy as 1-2-3. Use this simple checklist to get started. Please reach out to us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Obtain Approval
The first step is to start by getting the approval and support of your school or youth organization’s administration.
Some things to consider:
- What approval will you need to implement a SAVE Promise Club in your school or youth organization?
- How will you present the information on SAVE Promise Clubs to your administrator?
- Who will help you present this information?
Step 2: Get Others Involved!
Once you have approval to start a SAVE Promise Club, put together a core planning group. Members of your core planning group should include: administration, key staff including those interested in being advisors, possibly parents, and most importantly, students.
Questions to Ask:
- What are our expectations, goals, and objectives for our SAVE Promise Club?
- Will our club be open to all grades?
- How and when will our club meet? How often?
- How do we plan to implement the club in our school or community?
- Are there any school or community resource people that may give us a hand?
- How do we let others know about our program and what we’re trying to do?
- How do we get others interested? Will we make posters, hold a kickoff event, make announcements?
- Will we have membership requirements? Will we elect officers and if so, how?
- How will our SAVE Promise Club bring in Sandy Hook Promise’s Know The Signs programs, including Start With Hello , Say Something and Signs of Suicide (SOS) programs?
- What Know The Signs activities, service projects or other events would we like to accomplish? For help getting started, visit our SAVE Promise Club Calendar of Events & Themes
- What type of kick-off activity can our SAVE Promise Club organize? For more ideas, visit our SAVE Promise Club Calendar of Events & Themes page.
- When, where, and what activities will be held?
- What resources will we need for the event?
- How many projects will we plan throughout the year? Are we going to follow the suggested monthly themes and activities provided by Sandy Hook Promise?
- Will we need funds for our activities? If so, how, when, and where will we hold fundraising activities; or how will we establish how much money we need? (Please note that many SAVE Promise Club activities can be organized at no-cost).
- How will we recognize the people who help us? How will we recognize our SAVE Promise Club successes?
- How will we share our success with our school, community and Sandy Hook Promise? (i.e. newspaper articles, photos, YouTube videos, information sent to the Sandy Hook Promise for social media & newsletter articles.)
Step 3: Register your SAVE Promise Club!
Congratulations on becoming a SAVE Promise Club! You just took a powerful step to prevent violence BEFORE it happens, protecting your friends, schools and community! Thank you!