Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Programs: Say Something Week 2016, October 24 – 28

Programs: Say Something Week 2016, October 24 – 28
Did you know that when it comes to violence, suicide and threats, most are known by at least one other individual before the incident takes place? In fact, in four out of five school shootings, the attacker told people of his or her plans ahead of time. Additionally, seven out of 10 people who complete suicide tell someone of their plans or give some type of warning or indication.

Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something?
Please join Sandy Hook Promise for Say Something Week this October 24 – 28.Last year, almost 200 Promise Leaders from 32 states brought Sandy Hook Promise’s first ever Say Something Week to a school or youth organization in their community. These efforts collectively trained and empowered over 205,000 young people to recognize threats – especially in social media – and Say Something to a trusted adult.
To learn more about how you can bring Say Something Week to a school or youth organization in your community, visit:
To send a letter to a school or youth organization in your community encouraging them to join Say Something Week, click here.
We will also offer a Say Something webinar for Promise Leaders on October 12 at 8 p.m. ETClick here to RSVP for this special webinar.
Advocacy: Taking Action Locally
Promise Leader Eileen from Maine joined Sandy Hook Promise’s Promise Leader Conference Call last month to learn how she can support gun violence prevention policy in her state.
After participating in the conference call, Eileen became active in Maine’s Vote YES on Question 3, a ballot initiative that asks Maine voters to expand background checks to all gun sales and transfers between individuals who aren’t licensed to sell guns. Eileen is asking neighbors and friends, including doctors and nurses in the community, to join her in writing op-eds to their local newspapers. She is also actively engaging the faith community and will be hosting a community conversation at a local church.
Eileen shared, “Maine has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country. Easy access to firearms contributes to this reality. As a registered nurse, I am committed to public health and public safety. Easy access to firearms and background checks that are easily circumvented remain a threat to both.”
This month’s Promise Leader Conference Call will focus on how to work with schools and youth organizations in your community to implement Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signsprograms. The conference call will take place on Friday, October 7 at 1 p.m. ET.Click here to RSVP.
Awareness Building: Promise Leader Conversations
This month, Promise Leaders across the country are hosting conversations to build awareness about Sandy Hook Promise.

Following a Promise Leader conversation in Florida last week, the local school district is exploring how to integrate Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something and Start with Hello programs into their school curriculum. This is an amazing example of how one conversation can break through feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and inspire people to take action.
Promise Leaders are encouraged to host conversations at any time throughout the year. To find out more, please visit

Monday, September 19, 2016

Go Back-to-School with PTA E-Learning

67894471_thumbnail.jpgDo you want to be a better leader? Want to learn more about PTA? National PTA e-learning courses can help!
There are National PTA e-learning courses for experienced PTA volunteers and new members, covering various topics in just 30-45 minutes. Although these courses are full of useful and insightful information, we know that not everyone has an hour to invest into a course, so National PTA has developed "micro-courses."
Introducing Micro-Courses!  
National PTA Micro-Courses take a specific subject from longer e-learning courses and cover it in just 10-15 minutes, so learners can get the information they need in a manageable amount of time.
We also wanted to meet the needs of PTA's growing Hispanic membership base, so we've translated our core National PTA e-learning courses into Spanish, including: 
  • PTA Basics
  • Board Basics
  • Local Unit President
  • Local Unit Secretary
Check out the full library of PTA e-learning courses at

Join us on Facebook Live! 
Do you have a question about National PTA's e-learning courses? Join us on Facebook on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 12 p.m. EST for a PTA Live session. 
We'll share more information on how to sign up for an e-learning course and how they can help you and other volunteers in your local unit PTA! 
Make sure to be on the lookout for more updates in the future via social media!