Ben’s Lighthouse, based in Newtown, Connecticut, began as a grassroots organization following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Founded to honor 6-year old Benjamin Wheeler, Ben’s enthusiasm for life – and his love of lighthouses – is the energy that is carried on through the work of the organization.

Ben’s Lighthouse offers The Isle of Skoo™ program that empowers children and teens to develop the self-awareness, empathy and social connections they need to find and share their own light through music, puppetry and mentorship.

We strive to create safe and supportive spaces for developing empathy and empowering it into action. The Isle of Skoo™ program, written by Francine Wheeler, helps build compassion, self-awareness and social connection – the building blocks for healthy social and emotional growth.

We help young people find their unique ability to make a difference in the world; to be beacons of hope and change; to stand tall and shine bright.