On June 23, 2015, Professor Dewey Cornell was honored for his work in gun violence prevention by Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
Cornell, who directs the Youth Violence Project, is a leading expert in preventing violence in schools.
The original press release is below:
Sandy Hook Promise Inaugural Gala Honors National Leaders in Gun Violence Prevention
U.S. Senators Toomey (R-PA) and Stabenow (D-MI) and Dr. Dewey Cornell honored for advancing solutions to make communities safer
Washington, DC, June 23, 2015 – At its inaugural gala, Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit dedicated to protecting children from gun violence through programs in mental health and wellness and gun safety will honor three individuals whose work has brought nationwide awareness and meaningful change to the issue of gun violence prevention. National broadcaster Katie Couric of Yahoo! News will emcee the gala, in Washington, DC, with U.S. Senate members from both sides of the aisle in attendance.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has worked for decades to improve access to mental health services, including authoring the Children’s Mental Health Act and The Family Support Subsidy Act, which increase access to care to families in need. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) has demonstrated a deep commitment to bipartisan efforts to advance gun safety, particularly by championing background check legislation. Dr. Dewey Cornell, PhD, is a leading national expert in school violence, who created the Threat Assessment program, which has been implemented in more than 1,000 schools in Virginia, and used to train professionals in more than 3,000 schools across the U.S.
Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise commented: “We call these three exemplary leaders our Promise Champions as they have been instrumental in advancing innovative solutions to prevent gun violence. Whether in the areas of mental health and wellness or gun safety, they champion the cause Sandy Hook Promise works to advance every day: protecting children from gun violence.”
Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook, explained that Sandy Hook Promise was born to “turn tragedy to transformation.” She added, “We can evolve from a culture that passively accepts daily gun violence to one that fundamentally rejects it. We can learn to intervene and get people help before tragedies occur.”
Sandy Hook Promise is founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Its mental health programs help to identify individuals at risk of doing harm to themselves or others and providing them with the support they need; its gun safety programs assist in identifying individuals at risk of doing harm to themselves or others by providing them with support.
About Sandy Hook Promise
Sandy Hook Promise is a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Our purpose is to protect children from gun violence by providing research-based prevention programs and practices in the areas of mental health & wellness and gun safety. To learn how you help protect children from gun violence, go to www.sandyhookpromise.org. Sandy Hook Promise is a non-profit corporation with a 501c(3) Foundation and 501c(4) Action Fund.