On December 14th 2012, twenty children and six adults were tragically killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Among them was 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was known for his infectious giggle his love of cuddling. Dylan also had autism, and his parents recognized that he experienced more happiness, peace, and joy when those around him accepted, protected and included him in their activities and daily lives… when they became his Wingman.
In Dylan’s memory, his dad Ian founded “Dylan’s Wings of Change” and Wingman: a unique youth leadership program that takes a different approach to end bullying: Wingman programs support youth in the development of social and emotional skills like compassion, empathy and inclusivity. Today, Wingman reaches over 25,000 youth around the globe.