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.