Hays, KS—The beginning of the new year has brought several changes to the leadership and the staff at Jana’s Campaign. Kelley Parker, former Executive Director, has transitioned from an executive staff member to a leadership role with our Board of Directors. Kelley served on staff as our senior leadership officer for three years (2015-2017). “Under her leadership, Jana’s Campaign has clearly reached new heights,” says Heather Lambert, Jana’s Campaign President. “We are excited that Kelley will continue to serve and lead through her new role on the Board of Directors. As we move forward, she will play a key part in setting the future direction for Jana’s Campaign.”
To fill this void on our staff, Dr. Curt Brungardt, co-founder of Jana’s Campaign, will serve as Interim Executive Director while we search for a new leadership staff position. From 2009-2012 and in 2014, Dr. Brungardt served as Executive Director for Jana’s Campaign. We hope to replace Parker’s staff position by March or April of 2018. To learn more about our job announcement, see this link.
The Jana's Campaign December newsletter is now available here.
Hays, KS—Jana’s Campaign has partnered with Patty Crawford, the former Title IX Coordinator at Baylor University, to provide multiple workshops in 2018 for colleges and universities across the U.S.. Crawford will serve as a featured speaker at the Midwest Campus Safety Summit in Muncie, IN, the Campus Safety Summit in Dallas, TX, the Rocky Mountain Campus Safety Summit in Colorado Springs, CO and the Heartland Campus Safety Summit in Overland, Park, KS. These summits are hosted by Jana’s Campaign and are designed to educate higher education administrators on preventing and responding to gender based violence on their college campuses.
Patty Crawford became the university’s first full-time Title IX Coordinator when she joined Baylor in November 2014. Frustrated with the lack of institutional support, Crawford resigned two years later. Crawford is dedicated to ending corrupt practices and continues to assist institutions and organizations across the country with Title IX compliance and violence prevention.
“We are very excited to have Patty join us in our campus work,” says Curt Brungardt, co-founder of Jana’s Campaign. “I’m confident that college officials can learn many valuable lessons from her experiences.”
Crawford is well known nationally for exposing Baylor University’s practices that eventually led to Baylor’s sexual assault scandal. After filing an official complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education), she resigned her position. This scandal led to several top Baylor officials losing their positions, including the head football coach, Art Briles.
Over the last five years, Jana’s Campaign has provided workshops and conferences across the country for college officials interested in improving their prevention and response work to gender and relationship violence. Jana’s Campaign is a national education and violence prevention organization founded in honor of the late Jana Mackey, a Hays, KS resident.
Hays, KS—This past weekend, Jana’s Campaign announced the completion of their $500,000 national fundraising campaign—The IMPACT Project. At their annual gala community event on Saturday, fundraising committee chairs Mia Lang and Curt Brungardt closed their fundraising campaign by announcing they successfully raised $557,955 in 22 months.
“We would like to thank all those who support us in our efforts to build a safer world,” says Mia Lang.
Jana’s Campaign is a Hays (KS) based national education and prevention organization with the mission of reducing gender and relationship violence. Jana’s Campaign was created in honor of the late Hays resident, Jana Mackey, who was killed by an ex-boyfriend in 2008.
“This fundraising effort was designed to increase both the scale and scope of our work, and to create greater impact,” says Curt Brungardt. “These resources will allow us to improve and expand our gender violence prevention programming in middle and high schools, colleges and universities, as well as with our community-wide partners.”
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.