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Sandy Hook Promise to be Honored With FBI Director's Community Leadership Award

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    Sandy Hook Promise to be Honored With FBI Director's Community Leadership Award
    NBC Connecticut
    Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is awarding Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) with the regional 2019 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award on Monday.

    Special Agent in Charge Brian Turner is expected to present the award to Sandy Hook Promise's Co-Founders and Managing Directors Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden. Hockley and Barden each lost a son in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

    The Director's Community Leadership Award is presented to "organizations and community leaders who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their communities in the prevention of crime and violence," according to officials.

    "SHP is being honored for its work in training over 6.5 million youths and adults nationwide in its proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by identifying at-risk behavior and intervening to get help before a tragedy can occur," Sandy Hook Promise officials said in a release. "Through these no-cost programs, SHP has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence."

    The award will be presented Monday at 1 p.m. at Sandy Hook Promise Headquarters in Newtown, during the start of its annual National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The week uses activities to help students learn about how young people can make their schools and communities safer.