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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The December 2015 Jana's Campain newsletter is now available here.
Overland Park, KS – Faculty, staff and students from more than 90 colleges, universities and community organizations gathered at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) on November 3 and 4 to learn how they can better reduce and respond to gender and relationship violence on their campuses. More than 285 attendees from 12 states participated in the third annual Heartland Campus Safety Summit hosted by Jana’s Campaign, Inc. and JCCC. These schools represent a total enrollment of 506,774 students. Over the past three years, the Summit has hosted more than 750 attendees from 123 institutions in 12 states.
“The Heartland Campus Safety Summit was designed as a regional, affordable way for colleges and universities to learn about preventing and responding to gender and relationship violence, as well as to share knowledge, ideas and best practices,” said Kelley Parker, Executive Director of Jana’s Campaign. “We are thrilled to have such broad representation from across the region and across the country. By working together, we can make our college and university campuses safer for all students.”
Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, co-founders of End Rape of Campus, presented a motivating keynote presentation on the importance of student advocacy on campus. Dr. Debbie Wilson, Associate Athletic Director at George Mason University, led the lunch keynote focused on the role athletics programs play in campus safety. National experts also led sessions with the latest information on prevention programming, climate surveys, student activism, and guidance on fulfilling Title IX and Clery Act requirements. The summit was generously sponsored by a HopeLine grant from Verizon Wireless of Kansas and Missouri.
Jana’s Campaign is a Hays, KS-based national education and gender violence prevention organization created in honor of the late Jana Mackey of Lawrence, Kansas. Mackey, a 25-year old law student at the University of Kansas, was killed by an ex-boyfriend in 2008.
Jana’s Campaign is excited to announce that Kelley Parker, formerly the organization’s Associate Director, has been hired as the new Executive Director, effective October 4.
“Hiring an executive director was one of our priorities as a board because of the incredible rate at which we are expanding, both in Kansas and Colorado and throughout the country,” says board President Heather Lambert. “Kelley has already proven to be an invaluable asset to our team, and we are confident she has what it takes to take us to the next level”.
Parker holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University and has spent her career working with nonprofit organizations. She has been involved with Jana’s Campaign since its inception in 2009, serving as a member and officer of the Board of Directors before joining the staff in 2014. “I am thrilled and humbled to lead this organization into its next phase,” Parker said. “The prevention work that we are doing in secondary schools, colleges and universities, and in communities is truly making an impact in Kansas, Colorado, and beyond.”
Parker will be leading Jana’s Campaign from a new branch office in Colorado Springs, while the organization’s headquarters will remain in Hays, KS.
Jana’s Campaign is a national education and gender violence prevention organization located in Hays, Kansas. 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 second-year law student at the University of Kansas and had spent years herself volunteering and helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Lawrence.
Drs. Curt and Christie Brungardt, professors at Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS) and founders of Jana’s Campaign, Inc. have recently served as guest editors of a special issue for the eJournal of Public Affairs. This unique publication focuses on higher education’s role in preventing and responding to gender-based violence. The eJournal issue includes peer reviewed scholarly manuscripts illustrating the latest assessment data and research in the field and practitioner-based articles focusing on best practices and programming highlights. This online issue also includes multimedia submissions. See the eJournal here.
One of the critical elements of effectively addressing any social issue in our society is the development and utilization of a rich body of knowledge. This is no different in the field of higher education and its efforts to reduce gender violence. “It is our hope and desire that this special issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs will add to this important body of literature. We offer this material to the field to help colleges and universities, victims and survivors, and policy makers better understand the issue and identify effective ways to prevent and respond,” say the Brungardts. “We believe this material brings new ideas, best practices and considerations to this important field.”
The eJournal of Public Affairs is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary open access electronic journal published by Missouri State University. Jana’s Campaign, Inc. is a Hays, Kansas-based national education and gender violence prevention organization created in honor of the Brungardt daughter Jana Mackey.