Jana's Campaign Impact Grows
What began with one school in 2014 has grown exponentially to include working with more than 260 middle and high schools across seven states. Working with teachers, administrators, parents, staff, and students, Jana's Campaign is making a impact in
Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and Oregon. During the past three years, we have given hundreds of presentations and have impacted more than 23,000 students! Using our comprehensive model, we offer schools a tailor-made, multi-level prevention program that will meet the specific needs of their school. By providing classroom curriculum, teacher, administrator and staff trainings, service project mini-grants, policy review and recommendations, and much more, we are able to truly make a difference in preventing gender and relationship violence. All of these services are offered at little or no cost to the schools. Our work in Kansas middle and high schools is generously supported by the Kansas Health Foundation and the Heartland Community Foundation.
Jana’s Campaign Receives Verizon HopeLine Grant to Further Work in Colorado and Nebraska
Jana’s Campaign is honored to be the recipient of a $25,000 Verizon HopeLine grant to further our gender and relationship violence prevention work in middle and high schools throughout the states of Colorado and Nebraska. This grant will allow us to integrate prevention programming into secondary schools using our proven model. We will work with schools to provide comprehensive programming, including access to healthy relationship curriculum and teacher training, student and faculty presentations, bystander intervention training, school policy review and recommendations, and more. We will work with these schools to identify specific needs, then implement multi-level approaches to address them. Thank you to Verizon for their continued and very generous support!
Heartland Campus Safety Summit 2016
On November 16-17, Jana’s Campaign hosted our fourth annual Heartland Campus Safety Summit on the campus of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park (Kansas City), KS. This year’s Summit featured nationally-recognized keynote speakers Anne Munch and Steven Healy, as well as a number of experts and practitioners from around the region. The Summit included workshops on trauma-informed investigations, prevention strategies, campus collaboration to combat gender and relationship violence, and much more. More than 200 attendees representing 79 colleges, universities and organizations from 10 states participated in the two-day Summit. Many thanks to Summit sponsor Husch Blackwell, whose generous support
allows us to keep registration costs low to attendees.
Save the Date! Campus Safety Summits 2017
In 2017, Jana’s Campaign will host three regional Campus Safety Summits across the country. Our inaugural Midwest Campus Safety Summit will be held April 5-6 on the Ball State University Campus in Muncie, IN. The second annual Rocky Mountain Campus Safety Summit will be held June 7-8 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. The 5th annual Heartland Campus Safety Summit will be held November 15-16 at Johnson County Community College. Campus Safety Summits are designed to be affordable, regional conferences that bring together representatives from all aspects of campus life to share best practices, discuss strategies and learn from each other. At the Summits, campus leaders are encouraged to develop a team of key campus stakeholders to create comprehensive and integrated approach to preventing and responding to gender-based violence at their institutions. Furthermore, promoting a focused and coherent system of support that encourages respectful, non-violent relationships will also be addressed.
Fall 2016 Campus Prevention Work
Our work on college campuses in the last six months have been focused at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), the University of Kansas (KU), and Cloud County Community College (CCCC). Jana’s Campaign staff partnered with FHSU for The Red Flag Campaign and presented to nearly all incoming freshman seminar classes and all male student athletes about gender and relationship violence prevention. At KU, Drs. Christie and Curt Brungardt presented to over 1,000 Greek Life students on their role in creating a culture of respect on their campus. Dr. Curt Brungardt also presented at The Men and Masculinity Symposium at KU to broaden the conversation about men’s roles in prevention work. Staff member Kaiti Dinges and Dr. Curt Brungardt traveled to CCCC to meet with all student athletes to discuss what actions they can take to be role models on their campus for healthy relationships.
University of Kansas Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series
The University of Kansas’ Emily Taylor Center hosted the 9th annual Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series to discuss violence against the LGBTQ community. Connie Burk, advocate and director of the NW Network for Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, spoke on building power to make change within the LGBTQ community.
Jana's Campaign Works with U.S. Army
The 1st Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Army's 1st Division (Ft.Riley, KS) invited Drs. Curt and Christie Brungardt of Jana's Campaign to speak to their soldiers about the role they can play in reducing gender and relationship violence. More than 400 soldiers were in attendance extending the work of Jana’s Campaign to servicemen and women.
The Purple Mile
Jana’s Campaign Board Member, Kari Rinker, represents us on the Wichita/Sedgwick County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition. In this capacity, Kari worked with the Coalition to partner with Wichita State University (WSU) to host the Purple Mile, an event to raise awareness for domestic violence prevention. Kari recruited and worked with the Mayor’s Youth Council of Wichita (MYC) to coordinate activities for youth using The Red Flag Campaign, worked with WSU Greek Life and athletics, had a musician play near Jana’s WSU brick on their Plaza of Heroines, and much more. Attendees of the Purple Mile stretched across a mile on the WSU campus holding banners with names/stories of local domestic violence victims. Thanks to the Mayor’s Youth Council for recognizing Kari and Jana’s Campaign in their recent newsletter.
Native American Community Work
Dr. Curt Brungardt, Jana’s Campaign board member, presented at the Warriors Honor Women Conference in Okmulgee, OK. He discussed ways to educate about and prevent gender and relationship violence with member of the Muscogee Nation. In January 2017, Dr. Christie Brungardt, Jana’s mom, will be traveling to Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, OK to conduct a Safe Dates training. Safe Dates is an evidence based curriculum that helps prevent teen dating abuse.
Toss for a Cause at KU Supports Jana’s Campaign
The University of Kansas Sport Management program hosted a dodgeball and bags/cornhole tournament on December 1st to support Jana’s Campaign. The group stated, “through a competitive and social environment, we are funding initiatives and supporting the vision of Jana's Campaign in their goal of education and prevention of relationship abuse.” A special thanks to Jordan Bass, Associate Chair and Sport Management Program Director at KU and event sponsors Pro Athlete, Inc. and Merchtable/Blue Collar Industries, Inc.
BOD and Staff Available for Presentations
Jana’s Campaign staff and board members are available to provide gender and relationship violence prevention education at your school, organization or community. Our team provides engaging and impactful presentations appropriate for all age groups, all at low- or no-cost. To inquire about scheduling a Jana’s Campaign speaker, please call (785) 656-0324.
Internal News and Fundraising Update
New BOD Members & BOD Officers
In November, Jana’s Campaign’s Board of Directors voted to approve two new Board Members, Monica Peloso and Dana Watts.
Monica Peloso, M.A., M.S. (Colorado Springs, CO) is a community volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Association of School Boards. Monica has Master's degrees in English and Social Work and previously served as a Social Work fellow at Yale University. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, she has extensive experience working with children and families, schools and community organizations. Monica has a passion for this issue and will help Jana's Campaign grow our impact in Colorado and beyond.
Dana Watts, J.D. (Washington, DC) is an Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. In that role, Dana focuses on international law, including sanctions and export control, foreign investments, and other trade-related issues for corporate and nonprofit clients. Dana attended law school at the University of Kansas alongside Jana Mackey, where she was Associate Editor of the Kansas Law Review and President of the International Law Society. Dana's experience, expertise and personal connection to Jana and this cause will provide a great resource to the Board of Directors.
Additionally, a slate of new officers was elected to serve a two-year term. Board officers include:
Heather Reeson Lambert, Ph.D., Crete, NE – Board President
Michelle McCormick, LMSW, Topeka, KS – Vice President
Christie Brungardt, Ph.D., Hays, KS – Treasurer
Stephanie Davis, Ph.D., Lawrence, KS – Secretary
Paul and Stephanie Davis Host Jana’s Campaign Fundraiser in Lawrence, KS
On September 29th, Board Secretary Stephanie Davis and her husband, attorney Paul Davis, held a private fundraiser in their home to support Jana’s Campaign. Over appetizers and cocktails, attendees learned more about the work of Jana’s Campaign from Board Members Heather Lambert, Christie Brungardt and Curt Brungardt, as well as Executive Director Kelley Parker. Critical funds were raised and new friends were made. Thank you so much to Paul and Stephanie for hosting us.
Empty Place at the Table a Success
Jana’s Campaign’s annual fundraising gala, Empty Place at the Table, was held on October 15th at the VFW in Hays, KS. An evening filled with live and silent auctions, delicious food and drink, our Bid for Prevention, and great live music resulted in raising more than $28,000 to support
our work preventing gender and relationship violence. A special thank you to all who attended, as well as sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, the Hays VFW, Eagle Communications, Rejuvenations and
all auction donors.
Impact Project Update
We are excited to announce that we have achieved 65% of our $500,000 capital campaign goal.
These funds will be used to increase both the scale and scope of our work and to create even greater impact. The IMPACT Project, Jana’s Campaign’s major fundraising initiative officially announced at the beginning of 2016, seeks to raise $500,000 over the span of eighteen months. This initiative will improve and expand the gender and relationship violence prevention efforts of Jana’s Campaign in middle and high schools, colleges and universities, as well as through community-wide programming activities. In the first eleven months of fundraising,
Jana’s Campaign has raised $325,650 in donations and pledges, with the remaining 35% of the fundraising goal to meet in the coming year. Every dollar raised through The IMPACT Project will go directly to providing effective gender and relationship prevention programming in one of Jana’s Campaign’s program areas. Learn more and support Jana’s Campaign at www.JanasCampaign.org/donate. We are making a difference. With your help we can do even more. Please support The IMPACT Project and help us reach our goal!
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at 785-656-0324 (Hays Office) and 719-660-8537 (Colorado Springs Office).