Jana’s Campaign Receives Major Grants to Prevent Teen Dating Violence in Kansas

HAYS, KAN. – July 7, 2016 – Jana’s Campaign’s impact on Kansas is about to be even greater.  Through major grants from the Kansas Health Foundation and the Heartland Community Foundation, Jana’s Campaign will provide comprehensive teen dating violence prevention programming in middle and high schools throughout Kansas in 2016 and 2017.  Funding from the grants total more than $47,000.

Kansas Health Foundation awarded Jana’s Campaign with a $25,000 Recognition Grant to work in secondary schools statewide, while three Dane G. Hansen Community Grants from the Heartland Community Foundation grants totaling $22,500 will fund work specifically in Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties.  These comprehensive programs will include curricular and co-curricular programming for students as well as trainings for teachers, administrators, school staff and more.  These grants will increase the scope and scale of prevention work that the Hays-based nonprofit organization has been doing in Kansas middle and high schools for the past three years.  Since 2013, Jana’s Campaign has worked with more than 230 middle and high schools in Kansas and surrounding states.

“Because one in four adolescents experience some form of dating abuse- physical, emotional, sexual or stalking- this is an issue that must be prevented before it starts” says Jana’s Campaign Executive Director Kelley Parker.  “We are so grateful for the continued support of the Kansas Health Foundation and the Heartland Community Foundation.  These two great community partners understand that gender and relationship violence is a public health issue that affects our communities every day.  We are proud to partner with them to do this important work.”

Jana’s Campaign is a national education and prevention organization with a national headquarters in Hays, KS and a branch office in Colorado Springs, CO. Their mission is to provide quality educational programming that prevents gender and relationship violence. Jana’s Campaign was created in honor of Jana Mackey, who lost her life to domestic violence in 2008.  Mackey, a Hays High School graduate, was a law student at the University of Kansas and had spent years herself volunteering and helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Kansas. To learn more about Jana’s Campaign, please visit janascampaign.org.

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