Travels from Connecticut
Ian speaks with hope for future youth and prevention positivity for others. He is charming, engaging and has great thought leadership on inspiring youth today.
Ian Hockley is a motivator for positive change, a speaker and the Executive Director of Dylan’s Wings of Change.
When the Hockley family relocated from England to Connecticut in the winter of 2011 it was the realization of a family dream. Ian had visited the United States regularly since childhood, Nicole was from Rhode Island and Jake was born on the 4th of July; in many ways it was coming home. They moved to the idyllic town of Sandy Hook which Ian selected after touring the beautiful neighborhoods and meeting the staff at the elementary school, knowing Dylan especially would get a fantastic start as they made their new life. This bright beginning ran full force into the American nightmare on December 14th, 2012 when Dylan was shot and killed in his first-grade classroom alongside 19 of his fellow students and six educators in one of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history.
Ian and Nicole created Dylan’s Wings of Change, dedicated to his memory with a mission to create strong, inclusive communities. Working with dedicated experts the foundation created
Wingman, a youth leadership program that develops social and emotional skills through team bonding and trust building activities. This program inspires children to be more empathetic, courageous and inclusive young leaders.
Today, the Wingman program is being used in schools, team sports and performing arts organizations to promote accepting and inclusive environments around the world.
Ian speaks about the concept of youth supporting other youth – the power of peer to peer supports, and promotes positive educational experiences. He now works full time for the foundation, dedicated to spreading the message of acceptance and inclusion for all.
He warmly shares Dylan’s story with the world, the 6-year old boy who had his own way of communicating, who radiated pure love and described himself as “a beautiful butterfly” to his mother.