Hays (KAN) – Jana’s Campaign, Inc. has received a $25,000 grant from Verizon Wireless-Hopeline to increase the scale and scope of its teen dating violence prevention program in the region. The grant will fund comprehensive educational programming in middle and high schools throughout the states of Colorado and Nebraska. This is the second year in a row that Verizon Wireless has funded Jana’s Campaign’s work in Colorado and Nebraska.
These resources will be used to expand the organization’s teen dating violence prevention activities for students, teachers, coaches, parents and administrators to new communities throughout Colorado and Nebraska, as well as to provide enhanced services in communities they’ve already impacted. The program’s ultimate goal is to help adolescents and young adults recognize and understand the difference between caring, supporting relationships and those that are controlling, manipulating or abusive. By providing early prevention education, it is the organization’s hope that future relationship violence will be avoided.
“We are so grateful for this continued support from Verizon,” said Kelley Parker, Executive Director of Jana’s Campaign. “They are committed to reducing gender and relationship violence and understand the importance of prevention education in doing so. We look forward to a continued partnership that will significantly impact the region.”
In the past three years, Jana’s Campaign has worked with more than 380 middle and high schools to implement gender and relationship violence prevention programing, including faculty/staff training, classroom curriculum implementation, school assemblies, bystander intervention training and more. Most of their work has been in the states of Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.
Jana’s Campaign is a national education and violence prevention organization based out of Hays, KS. Jana’s Campaign was created in honor of the late Jana Mackey who lost her life to dating violence in 2008. Mackey was a law student at the University of Kansas at the time of her death. A year later a committed group of activists created Jana’s Campaign, Inc. with the single mission of reducing gender and relationship violence.
Hays, KS- Jana’s Campaign, Inc. has partnered with the Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and the Dallas (TX) Police Department to host a Campus Safety Summit in conjunction with the national Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW). This 4-day conference takes place in Dallas, Texas and brings together thousands of professionals yearly, from police officers to victim advocates and other professionals who work in the field of gender-based violence. The goal of the conference is to provide the highest level of training, information and strategies to those who are responders and advocates to victims of crimes against women.
Jana’s Campaign has hosted regional Campus Safety Summits over the past five years, including the Heartland Campus Safety Summit (Overland Park, KS), the Rocky Mountain Campus Safety Summit (Colorado Springs, CO) and the Midwest Campus Safety Summit (Muncie, IN). The summits are designed for college and university administrators, faculty, staff and students with the purpose of providing education and training for preventing and responding to sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking.
The 2018 Conference on Crimes Against Women will be held on April 16-19 at the Sheridan Hotel in Dallas, Texas where Jana’s Campaign will host a Campus Safety Summit on the first two days. Attendees will have the option to just partake in the campus safety portion or the entire conference.Jana’s Campaign believes that they can utilize their expertise and highly successful Campus Safety Summit model to provide additional wealth to the Conference on Crimes Against Women.
Mahnattan, KS- Jana’s Campaign, Inc. co-founders Drs. Curt and Christie Brungardt received the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science (KATFACS) “Award of Merit” for their work to reduce teen dating violence in Kansas. The award was presented at the 2017 KATFACS Summer Conference on August 1st in Manhattan, Kansas. Given annually, this award recognizes individuals outside the field of career and technical education for the “highest meritorious contributions for the improvement, promotion and development and progress of career and technical education.”
The Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science provides leadership and support to Family and Consumer Sciences professionals. For the past several years, Jana’s Campaign has partnered with Family and Consumer Science (FCS) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) to provide education about teen dating violence. FCS teaches students a variety of skills, research and knowledge that guides them to “achieve optimal quality of life.” The field of FCS includes many areas such as human development, personal and family finance, and wellness. FCCLA is a co-curricular organization that helps students make a difference in their families, careers and communities through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Through this partnership, there has been tremendous impact made across the region through education and prevention of gender and relationship violence.
Gayla Randel, FCS Kansas State Director, believes the award given to Jana’s Campaign and the Brungardts is a great representation of their partnership. “[It] makes one realize how very lucky the FCS/FCCLA profession is to share the desire to solve this problem with you and then to be able to promote your solution! We are humbled by the loss you had to experience to make it happen, but ecstatic you won this award.”
Jana’s Campaign is very thankful for the many partners within FCS and FCCLA that recognize the importance of reducing teen dating violence.
The Summer 2017 Jana's Campaign newsletter is now available for viewing here.
This Assessment Data and Impact Report is a collection of Jana’s Campaign program activities for the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 calendar years. Both a summary of quantitative and qualitative data is provided that illustrate both program outputs and program outcomes. Program outputs are defined as the list of activities we have implemented. These are the outputs and accomplishments of our prevention programming. Program outcomes, on the other hand, are the results of our programming outputs. This measures the overall impact we are having on participants. Because our programming model is based on delivering our prevention work through partners, this report is structured around the secondary schools, colleges and universities and community-based organizations that serve as our allies.
The purpose of this report is twofold: first, this valuable information guides our program alterations and improvements; and secondly, it provides our supporters, donors, partners and friends with an accountable record of our program results and impact. Information is divided into our three program divisions: secondary education, higher education and community education. Jana’s Campaign would love to hear from you and welcomes any feedback you may have on this report. You can contact us via our email, firstname.lastname@example.org. See full report here.
I am so pleased to present you with the 2016 Annual Report for Jana’s Campaign. As you’ll see in the pages of the report, we have had a banner year providing comprehensive, effective programming to prevent gender and relationship violence. I am so proud of the work we’ve done this past year.
Throughout the past year, we learned again and again that, with enough passion and determination, a small staff and a strong board can make an incredible impact. We may be small, but we are mighty. This year alone, we have worked with hundreds of middle and high schools, colleges and universities, and communities to reduce gender and relationship violence in the most effective way- by preventing it before it starts.
Our success throughout 2016 in our three specific programming areas tells us something – the work that we’re doing matters. We hear again and again, from teachers, university administrators, parents, students and community members that we are making a difference. We will continue to work hard to make a difference and increase our impact- every single day.
Thank you so much for following and supporting the work that we do. We hope that this Annual Report will help to illustrate the difference that you’ve allowed us to make. With your help, we can do even more this year- and for years to come.
Kelley Kuhlmann Parker
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Hays (KAN) – Jana’s Campaign, Inc. has received national recognition for its teen dating violence prevention program. In January, the Mary Byron Project of Louisville, Kentucky, awarded Jana’s Campaign with the “Commended Program Award” as part of their Celebrating Solutions Awards program.
“We are thrilled to be the recipients of this award and honored to be recognized by the Mary Byron Project,” said Christie Brungardt, co-founder of Jana’s Campaign. “We know that prevention of gender and relationship violence is critical work and we are grateful for and humbled by this award.”
The “Commended Program” honor includes a cash award for Jana’s Campaign. These resources will be used to expand the organization’s teen dating violence prevention activities for students, teachers, coaches, parents and administrators across Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska. The program’s ultimate goal is to help adolescents and young adults recognize and understand the difference between caring, supporting relationships and those that are controlling, manipulating or abusive.
“Our work in secondary education is crucial,” said Kelley Parker, Executive Director of Jana’s Campaign. “As young people enter into relationships, they need to be able to recognize unhealthy relationship behaviors. We are excited to continue our work with secondary schools in implementing effective prevention programming across the region.”
In the past three years, Jana’s Campaign has worked with more than 300 middle and high schools to implement gender and relationship violence prevention programming, including faculty/staff training, classroom curriculum implementation, school assemblies, bystander intervention training and more. Jana’s Campaign was created in honor of the late Jana Mackey who lost her life to dating violence in 2008. Mackey was a law student at the University of Kansas at the time of her death. A year later a committed group of activists created Jana’s Campaign, Inc. with the single mission of reducing gender and relationship violence. Mackey was a 2000 Hays High (KS) graduate.
The Mary Byron Project was established in 2000 in memory of the young woman who was tragically murdered by a former boyfriend. Her murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies. The Mary Byron Project created the Celebrating Solutions Awards to showcase and applaud local innovations that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of violence.