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Empathy must

be nurtured.

We believe that empathy is an emotion that should be fostered from an early age by engaging with others, learning to share stories and then empathy can be guided to grow within someone. Learning empathy starts with kindness, respect and gratitude.

Change is


The majority of people are resistant to change, most prefer their static comfort zones. Through careful sequencing we build experiences that allow people to move through changes at their own pace.

Failure is part

of growth.

Failing Forward is our favorite term to describe continuous improvement. Whether we meet our goals or not, learning from our mistakes is a critical element of growth. We apply this principle to our own programs and never stop striving to be better.

Integrity is


We live in a world where the truth is under constant attack. We take an active stance to instill honesty as a core quality of our leaders.

Anyone can

be a Leader.

We all have superpowers that can make us a great leader, we just need the chance to showcase them. Great leaders have the moral choice to use their powers for good or evil, we help ours focus on the good.


learning is best.

Humans learn best when our whole selves are engaged, physical, mental and emotional. We create safe space for people to be their authentic selves and have real conversations reflecting on their shared experiences.

Guiding Principles

We have seen many small changes accumulate with massive effect. If enough people in a community commit to change, it will happen.

The Butterfly Effect is real.

Dylan’s Wings Of Change is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley, one of the first grade victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

The Wingman Movement was

founded by Dylan’s Wings Of Change.

Help keep our Wingman programs 
accessible to all.

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Dylan's Wings of Change is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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