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. Turning their tragedy into a transformation, Sandy Hook Promise built innovative programs that have a proven track record preventing school violence and empowering youth to “know the signs” and build a more connected school community.
This session will showcase how schools and districts can use Sandy Hook Promise’s no-cost Say Something and Start with Hello programs to transform school climate, improve student connectedness and create lasting change through youth-led Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Clubs. Sandy Hook Promise has been nationally recognized for the organization’s success in preventing multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence in schools across the country.
Abby Arisco, Manager, SAVE Promise Clubs
Abby Arisco (she/her) is the SAVE Promise Club Manager for the Pacific Region of the United States at Sandy Hook Promise. As a SAVE Promise Club Manager and her background in nonprofit management, she advocates for the importance of the Youth Voice and why it’s necessary for adults to listen to it. She is also an outdoor enthusiast and loves finding the next adventure.
Dion Chavis, Project Manager, West Region, SAVE Promise
Dion Chavis is the West Region Project Manager where he works to bring Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs programs to schools and districts across the region. While also a speaker and trainer, Dion has successfully delivered over 500 trainings and workshop presentations in 10 different states during his career. Beyond his work as an advocate for youth violence prevention, as a community leader, he has worked to close the achievement gap and increase awareness about the importance of responsible parenting. He is also a proud husband, and father of two beautiful children.
Kimberly (Kim) Cheng, Wellness Center Coordinator, San Gabriel Unified School District
Kim is the Wellness Center Coordinator at Jefferson Middle School, San Gabriel Unified School District. This is Kim’s seventh year as a counselor and she is working to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. They are coming up on their one-year anniversary of having their SAVE Promise Club!
Sheila Hatfield, Student Services Specialist and SAVE Promise Club Advisor, Poway Unified School District
With 22 years of experience, Sheila is currently the Student Services Specialist and SAVE Promise Club Advisor at Mt. Carmel High School in Poway Unified, San Diego, CA, and on campus to listen, encourage, and support all students. As the SAVE Promise Club Advisor, she guides students towards positively changing school culture to promote inclusion and connectedness for all. Young leaders need to know that their words and actions make an impact and could save lives. Sheila loves spending time with her family and taking walks on the beach with her dogs.