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.
The December 2016 Jana's Campaign newsletter is now available here.
Jana’s Campaign is excited to announce that they are the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. This generous grant will fund comprehensive gender and relationship violence prevention programming in secondary schools throughout the states of Colorado and Nebraska.
Through this grant, Jana’s Campaign will work with more than 100 middle and high schools to provide multi-level prevention programming including access to healthy relationships curriculum and teacher training, student and faculty presentations, bystander intervention training, school policy review and recommendations, and more. With the support of the Verizon Foundation, this project will expand Jana’s Campaign’s work significantly, with little or no cost to participating schools.
In the past three years, Jana’s Campaign has worked tirelessly to provide quality, comprehensive prevention programming in secondary schools. To date, the organization has worked directly with more than 230 middle throughout Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas to provide programming tailored to each school’s needs. To date, Jana’s Campaign has directly impacted more than 20,000 middle and high school students. Assessment data shows an overwhelmingly positive response to this programming, with many requesting additional or enhanced programming.
About the Verizon Foundation: The Verizon Foundation and its HopeLine program is committed to making great strides in their efforts to eradicate domestic violence and create better futures for survivors in 2016. This year, the HopeLine program is placing an increased emphasis on funding programs that include prevention and early intervention efforts for children and teens. They continue to provide support for programs targeting the health and wellness of survivors, with a particular focus on programs that enable economic empowerment so that financial independence can be achieved.
About Jana’s Campaign: 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, was a law student at the University of Kansas at the time of her death 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.
The Summer 2016 Jana's Campaign newsletter is now available here.
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.
Jana’s Campaign’s hosted its first annual Rocky Mountain Campus Safety Summit on June 8-9, 2016 on the Colorado College campus in Colorado Springs, CO. The inaugural Rocky Mountain Summit was modeled after the Heartland Campus Safety Summit, which Jana’s Campaign has hosted in Kansas City for the past three years, and welcomed more than 140 participants. Those attending represented 56 colleges, universities and organizations from 17 states.
Keynote speakers for the event were nationally-recognized experts David Lisak and Anne Munch, with workshop presentations from more than 30 regional experts and practitioners. Summit workshop topics included bystander intervention training, dating violence prevention, consent, trauma-informed investigations, and more. Participant evaluations indicated that attendees were pleased with the depth and breadth of Summit content, with participants commenting that such a conference was “long overdue,” that they “rarely have the opportunity to gather with others in the same field,” and that they feel “more equipped and empowered to raise awareness and implement programs around sexual assault.” Several participants shared that it was one of the best conferences they have ever attended, and that they are looking forward to attending the Summit with additional colleagues for years to come.
Local TV stations KRDO and Fox 21 (links here and here), the Southern Colorado NPR station KRCC (link here), and the city newspaper The Gazette (link here) covered the conference, further contributing to awareness in the community of both campus safety issues and Jana’s Campaign’s role in addressing such violence.
In addition to the Rocky Mountain and Heartland Campus Safety Summits, Jana’s Campaign is looking forward to partnering with Ball State University to host the inaugural Midwest Campus Safety Summit on their campus in Muncy, IN, on April 5-6, 2017. For more information about the summits, visit www.rockymountainsummit.org, www.heartlandsummit.org or www.midwestsummit.org.
IMPACT. 2015 was a year of continued impact and strategic growth for Jana’s Campaign. In this Annual Report, you will see the scope of the impact of our programs. As you read, please consider the number of lives impacted by the work of this organization inspired by the life of an incredible young woman, Jana Mackey.
In October, Jana’s Campaign welcomed Kelley Kuhlmann Parker of Colorado as its new Executive Director. Kelley previously held the role of Associate Director with Jana’s Campaign and has been dedicated to this organization since the beginning. Kelley is extremely talented and her passion for our mission makes her the perfect candidate to take the reins and move Jana’s Campaign forward. We are so fortunate to have Kelley leading Jana’s Campaign in our efforts to make this a safer world for everyone.
This fall, Jana’s Campaign officially launched our new capital campaign, The IMPACT Project. We are very excited about this campaign and the important work that will be done. Without your continued support, we could not do the vital work that we do. On behalf of our board of directors, thank you for everything that you do to support Jana’s Campaign. We cannot begin to express how much we value that support and we pledge to do everything we can to change the future and landscape of gender and relationship violence for everyone.
Heather Reeson Lambert, Ph.D.
Read the full report here.
See the Express Love Over Violence article here.
Hays, KS- Jana’s Campaign Inc. will be hosting Joplin Higgins from Hunter Valley Australia this coming week. Higgins is an attorney who specializes in family law and domestic violence issues. She is coming to the U.S. to learn from Jana’s Campaign and other domestic violence professionals across Kansas, Missouri and Colorado.
“We are proud and excited that Joplin has asked Jana’s Campaign to help her identify and connect with U.S. professionals in the field of domestic violence prevention and response,” says Dr. Christie Brungardt, Jana’s Campaign board member. “Our representatives will accompany Joplin to all her meetings and will be learning alongside her,” says Brungardt. “We are honored to build this new international partnership to reduce gender and relationship violence worldwide.”
Throughout a ten-day period, Higgins will be meeting with representatives from the District Attorney offices’ in both Denver and Johnson County, KS, the Kansas Attorney General Office, the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence, as well as attending several prevention workshops and presentations provided by Jana’s Campaign. She will meet with many other professionals, including Juliana Carlson, professor of social work who conducts international research on violence prevention strategies across the globe. Higgins will complete her trip by visiting with additional experts in the state of Tennessee.
Jana’s Campaign is a Hays, Kansas-based, education and prevention organization with the mission of reducing 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 25-year-old law student at the University of Kansas at the time of her death. She spent years volunteering and helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Lawrence.
Jana’s Campaign Inc., a Hays, Kansas-based, national education and gender violence prevention organization is embarking on a national fundraising effort to raise $500,000 over the next eighteen months. Jana’s Campaign representatives explain that this fundraising effort is called “The IMPACT Project” because funds will be used to expand the impact of their violence prevention work.
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 25-year-old law student at the University of Kansas at the time of her death.
“It is our goal to move our work to the next level and to create greater impact,” says Kelley Parker, executive director of Jana’s Campaign. “The IMPACT Project will allow us to improve and expand our prevention efforts in middle and high schools, colleges and universities, as well as with our community-wide programming activities,” says Parker. “I am happy to announce that because of early contributions, we have collected $120,000 towards our goal.”
In the past three years, Jana’s Campaign has worked with more than 140 Kansas middle and high schools, as well as 148 colleges and universities from around the country to help prevent and respond to gender and relationship violence. Funds raised through The IMPACT Project will continue this critical work in Kansas and neighboring states.
This fundraising effort is being led by two co-chairs, Hays residents Mia Lang and Curt Brungardt. Lang is a ten-year-old fourth grader from Holy Family Elementary school. Over the last two years, Lang has been very active and successful in fundraising for Jana’s Campaign.
Curt Brungardt is a faculty member at Fort Hays State University and co-founder of Jana’s Campaign. Over the past five years, Brungardt has served as president of the board of directors before stepping down in August 2015.
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