START WITH HELLO
Every Kid in Our Communities has launched a “Start with Hello” campaign. It starts with 3 simple steps.
- See a young person
- Reach out
- Say “Hello"
Together we can create a more connected, inclusive community!
Origin of the “Start with Hello” Campaign
The “Start with Hello” Campaign was developed by the Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a national, non-profit organization in Connecticut. The SHP is led by family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 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) by addressing social isolation. The intent of their peer-to-peer “Start with Hello” campaign is to empower young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school or youth organization. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org .
“Start with Hello” in Leeds & Grenville
The EveryKid Coalition has adapted the “Start with Hello” campaign to suit the communities of Leeds, Grenville. Local school surveys highlight that lower numbers of students feel that their community values them and that they have caring adult relationships outside of their families. Youth also told us that they want to be greeted, have conversations with adults, and be involved in their community. (Youth Let’s Talk Survey, 2018).
Visit www.everykid.on.ca for more information