Hays, KS– Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Verizon Wireless, Jana’s Campaign will once again host the Heartland Campus Safety Summit at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas on November 3-4, 2015. The purpose of this regional and affordable conference is to provide college personnel with practical guidance and knowledge about preventing and responding to sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking. “While American higher education institutions have improved their efforts to prevent gender-based violence on their campuses in recent years, there is still much more work to be done,” says Heather Lambert, board president of Jana’s Campaign. “By offering a regional and affordable conference on these issues, it is our hope that college and university personnel will be better equipped with the knowledge and skills to reduce sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking on their campuses”.
This year’s keynote speakers will focus on the impact of student advocacy and the important role athletics plays in preventing gender-based violence. Summit workshops will focus on prevention programming, effectively responding to incidents of violence, improving campus policy and engaging men.
In 2013, the first Heartland Campus Safety Summit was held on the campus of University of Missouri-Kansas City with 42 schools participating. Last year college and university personnel from 85 institutions attended the summit from the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Registrations are now open for the 2015 summit. To learn more about the conference or to register, visit heartlandsummit.org.
Jana’s Campaign is a national educational 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. HopeLine grants from Verizon Wireless connect survivors of domestic violence to vital resources and funds organizations nationwide. Visit verizonwireless.com/aboutus/hopeline/ for more information.
Dr. Heather Reeson Lambert of Lincoln, Nebraska has recently been elected as president of Jana’s Campaign board of directors. Jana’s Campaign is a Hays (KS) based, national education and gender violence prevention organization created in honor of Jana Mackey, who lost her life to domestic violence in 2008. Mackey graduated from Hays High School in 2000. Working with middle and high schools, colleges and universities, and community-based organizations, Jana’s Campaign provides specialized educational programs designed to prevent gender and relationship violence.
Lambert is a professor of psychology at Doane College (NE) and is past president of the HOPE Crisis Center board of directors in Nebraska. HOPE provides services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in southeast Nebraska. “I am honored to serve as the next president of the board of directors of Jana’s Campaign. This organization has tremendous impact, and it is so impressive to see the magnitude of its programs and activities. In the past several years, Jana’s Campaign has moved from a regional to a national organization and is playing a significant role in addressing gender and relationship violence. I am excited to continue working with the dedicated staff and board of Jana’s Campaign to continue this important work.”
“Heather has been with us since we started Jana’s Campaign”, says Christie Brungardt, Jana’s mother and board member. “She is highly skilled and knowledgeable about this field, but most importantly, she is passionate about ending gender and relationship violence”.
Dr. Curt Brungardt, Jana’s step-father and past board president, has stepped down from the board and is now serving as a volunteer staff member with Jana’s Campaign. Other officers elected include Vice President Michelle McCormick of Topeka, KS; Treasurer Christie Brungardt of Hays, KS; and Secretary Jessie Zhai of Beijing, China.
The June 2015 Jana's Campaign newsletter is now available here.
We are excited to offer a special “Jana’s Campaign” edition of the popular Pura Vida bracelets to our supporters as a way to raise awareness of our work to prevent gender-based violence. Created in honor of Jana Mackey, each color in the bracelet represents an aspect of our organization. The purple string stands for domestic violence, black is lives lost, grey represents a campaign of action and gold symbolizes a light of hope. We would like to extend a special thank you to Carol Tyner, owner of Saturday Morning Boutique in Council Grove, Kansas for starting this project by designing and selling these bracelets in her store! Get your bracelet today at one of these stores:
Hays, KS– Jana’s Campaign is happy to announce that the Hays, Kansas-based national education and gender violence prevention organization has received a two-year $50,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. “Resources will be used to expand our ‘Love Doesn’t Hurt’ teen dating violence prevention program across Kansas,” says Christie Brungardt, co-founder. “Specifically, this grant will support a new and exciting effort to impact high school students throughout the state of Kansas through a partnership with the Kansas Department of Education.”
In partnership with Kansas Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teachers and Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisors, Jana’s Campaign has created an educational experience that includes both curricular and co-curricular activities to create lasting school and community impact. Through this educational approach, students are able to not only understand the issue, but take steps to prevent and respond to teen dating violence in their communities.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation generously funds programs and activities that support health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives in 103 Kansas counties. Gender-based violence is a public health issue affecting women and men throughout Kansas and across the country every day.
The ultimate goal of the ‘Love Doesn’t Hurt’ teen gender violence prevention program is to help adolescents and young adults recognize and understand the difference between caring, supporting relationships and those that are controlling, manipulating or abusive. Because unhealthy relationships typically start during adolescence and then worsen in severity, early intervention is key. Jana’s Campaign is looking forward to making a difference for young Kansans through this generous grant.
Jana’s Campaign is excited to report that our partnership with nationally-recognized Futures Without Violence, Inc. will be expanding. Futures Without Violence, based in San Francisco, CA, has awarded Jana’s Campaign a $5,000 grant to provide additional trainings to middle and high school athletic coaches on the program Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM). This is a national program that trains athletic coaches to use their influence to help high school male student athletes to build healthy relationships and prevent sexual and dating violence.
Over the past two years, Jana’s Campaign has conducted Coaching Boys Into Men trainings primarily for northwest Kansas schools. This grant will allow us to broaden our scope statewide in 2015 by hosting training sessions in Wichita, Salina, and Girard. For more information on these trainings, see this link. Working with the state’s educational service centers, this new training opportunity will reach dozens of new coaches. It is our hope that, by working closely with coaches and young male athletes, we will not only make in impact on teen dating violence in Kansas but will sustain that impact for years to come.
Jana’s Campaign, Inc. is pleased to announce an exciting addition to our teen gender violence prevention programming. Through the generous support of the Heartland Community Foundation, we have received (3) Dane G. Hansen Community Grants totaling $13,000 to implement in-depth teen dating violence prevention work in three Kansas counties. These grants will allow us to implement a comprehensive, multi-level approach to teen dating violence in (14) middle and high schools throughout Ellis, Rooks and Trego counties. This multi-dimensional pilot program includes both curricular and co-curricular elements for students, faculty and staff training and recommendations for school-wide policy revisions for all three counties.
The education and programming elements for students include activities to help adolescents recognize the warning signs of dating abuse, learning how to avoid abusive and violent behaviors, where and how to find help and services when needed, promoting healthy relationships, demonstrating gender respect among all peers, and learning the skills to be an active bystander to confront gender violence. Faculty and staff will receive education and training for all school personnel on the role they can play in preventing, recognizing, and responding to teen gender violence in their schools. Jana’s Campaign will facilitate partnerships between the participating schools and community agencies to build coalitions of community citizens, parents, and school districts to prevent teen gender violence. Finally, each school will receive guidance on revising and adopting schools policies that modify school practices, rules and regulations, and other routine protocols in order to improve prevention and intervention efforts against teen gender violence.
“We are so excited to be able to impact these three Kansas counties in such a comprehensive way,” says Curt Brungardt, Jana’s Campaign President. “We further hope that this local work will be used as a pilot for the rest of the state and the region.” This program would not have been possible without the Dane G. Hansen Community Grants of the Heartland Community Foundation, and we appreciate the Foundation’s support of our critical violence prevention work.
The Heartland Community Foundation was founded on September 6th, 2007, to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting the Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties. Their mission is to enhance quality of life, today and in the future, by:
The 2013-2014 Assessment Data and Impact Report is now available here.
The best way I can describe this past year is with just one word – WOW! Jana’s Campaign continues to grow at an enormous rate and our program impact is increasing in both scale and scope. To meet the demand and requests, we continue to add new staff to our team. In 2014, we expanded our operation to Colorado with the hire of Kelley Parker, Senior Project Specialist. In addition, total financial resources and assets increased 74% from 2013 figures and our donor base has increased 44% over last year.
Most importantly, our education and gender violence prevention programming continues to proliferate. This includes our work locally, throughout Kansas, and across the United States. Most notably is our Love Doesn’t Hurt teen gender violence prevention program activities, which are reaching middle and high school students across all regions of Kansas. With our collegiate program, the Heartland Campus Safety Summit, we have trained hundreds of college personnel from across six states. Now, several months into 2015, early signs are that this year will again experience more growth and opportunity.
Finally, on behalf of our board of directors, let me thank each of you, our valuable and loyal supports, donors, partners and friends of Jana’s Campaign. Without each of you, our impact would not be possible. Thank you for joining our efforts to build a safer world. I know our beautiful Jana is smiling on all of us.
Dr. Curt Brungardt
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Hays, KS – Jana’s Campaign staff and board members will be participating in meetings at the United Nations from March 9th through March 16th in New York City. Last year, Jana’s Campaign received Special Consultative Status from the UN’s Economic and Social Council to participate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
“This status allows us to learn and provide input at the international level on issues of gender-based violence”, says Curt Brungardt, Jana’s Campaign board president. “We will be rotating people in and out through the two weeks. By participating in this opportunity we will learn from international experts and bring back what we’ve learned to our region. Secondly, we hope to provide our input to the growing knowledge-base of how to reduce violence against women worldwide.”
“I would like to thank our board members who are committing their valuable time and own personal finances to make this project possible,” says Brungardt. “We have a committed board and staff who are working hard and committing themselves to reducing gender and relationship violence.”
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. In 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women. This Platform for Action called on world governments to take action addressing multiple aspects of gender inequality, among them violence against women. The Platform for Action states, “Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace.”
Jana’s Campaign is a Hays-based national education and violence prevention organization with the mission of reducing gender and relationship violence. Jana’s Campaign was established in honor of the late Jana Mackey, who was a 2000 Hays High graduate and lost her life to domestic violence in 2008. Board members participating are: Mark Russell (Houston, TX), Michelle McCormick (Topeka, KS), Curt and Christie Brungardt (Hays, KS), Heather Lambert (Lincoln, NE), Tre’ Giles (Colorado Springs, CO), and Elizabeth Landau (Washington D.C.). Staff members participating include Danielle Dougherty and Kelley Parker.