12.14 Foundation

12.14 Foundation

The 12.14 Foundation was founded by Michael Baroody, MD, a resident of Newtown, following the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. A ripple effect ensued that day which touched the lives of people throughout Newtown, the state, the country and the world.


The organization worked to prepare children to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. The programs focused on social, emotional and character development through challenging experiences.

The Performing Arts Program

We provided professional level Arts activities which provided many opportunities for personal growth, camaraderie with peers and positive interactions with the community at large. This creative outlet was used to harness and release emotions. The Arts encourage many positive personal characteristics such as confidence, courage and perseverance, as well as teach life skills, including teamwork, work ethic and calculated risk-taking.


ARC was a monthly program, developed by Dr. Baroody and a group from the Yale School of Management. ARC stands for Aspire, Reach and Confidence. Aspire through action, Reach through perseverance, and build Confidence by discovering your strengths. ARC provided the opportunity to be trained in new ideas and grow into a mentally prepared and confident young adult.

NewArts was a program of the 12.14 Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization.

The programs were made possible through the support of the Foundation, individuals and corporations.