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Jana's Campaign newsletter updates!
Jana’s Campaign Sponsors Successful Collegiate Summit
In partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Jana’s Campaign hosted the first ever Heartland Campus Safety Summit on the campus of UMKC, November 8, 2013. This educational summit provided college leaders with important information on preventing and responding to gender-based violence. The summit reached out to colleges and universities in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. Over 150 attendees from 42 schools participated in this year's conference. Read more here and prepare to sign up next year!
 
Jana's Campaign to Host Bystander Intervention Campus Leadership Institute
Jana’s Campaign, in conjunction with the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa and Johnson County Community College (JCCC), will host the Heartland Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Campus Leadership Institute March 11-12, 2014 on the JCCC campus in Overland Park, Kansas. The Institute is a two-day, interactive training designed for college personnel and community partners who desire to integrate a bystander education and intervention model as part of their violence prevention programs and initiatives.  Find out more and register at janascampaign.org/MVP.
 
Second Annual “Empty Place at the Table” was a Success
Jana’s Campaign hosted its second annual “Empty Place at the Table” event on September 28th, http://www.janascampaign.org/janas-campaign-inc-celebrates-a-successful-second-annual-empty-place-at-the-table-fundraiser-weekend/, raising over $15,000! The focus of this event was to raise awareness and important financial resources to support Jana’s Campaign’s programming activities. “We are very pleased with the weekend’s results, both in regard to the funding generated but also with the awareness raised and call to action that resounded throughout the evening of the event,” said Eric Sader, Executive Director. Jana’s Campaign staff and board members would also like to extend their thanks for the overwhelming support received from the Hays, Kansas community.
 
Jana’s Campaign Releases Music Video “Jana’s Light Will Shine”
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Jana’s Campaign released the music video, Jana’s Light Will Shine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y0Na5lHjfA. This song was written to "encourage every one to carry on where Jana left off and find the courage to defeat injustice." It is our deep desire that this song will inspire others to carry on Jana’s work. This song was written by Dr. Jill Arensdorf and brother Lance Stafford and recorded by the Christian rock band, Cloverton.
 
Jana’s Campaign Sponsors “Coaching Boys Into Men” with Kansas High School Football Team

Jana’s Campaign, in collaboration with Thomas More Prep-Marian (TMP) High School, and under the direction of coach John Montgomery, has implemented the Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) curriculum with its high school football team. CBIM, developed nationally by Futures Without Violence, aims to inspire coaches to teach boys the importance of respecting women and that violence never equals strength. “It has been nothing short of amazing to watch the transformation in our young men in such a short period of time.  This program has opened their eyes to their individual responsibility to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault.  These are messages they cannot hear enough,” said Coach Montgomery. To read the full press release click here.
 
Teen Gender Violence Prevention Programming Continues to Grow
Over the last 12 months, Jana’s Campaign staff have been developing multiple program offerings as part of our teen gender violence prevention program. Consistent with the Kansas - Reweaving Our Social Fabric:  A Comprehensive Plan to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence in Kansas, 2011-2018, these prevention programs provide middle and high schools with several program options from short-term activities to year long evidence-based curricula. Currently, we are working with five high schools in Kansas and one in Colorado. Funding for our Love Doesn't Hurt initiative comes from Verizon Wireless, Walmart Foundation and The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.
 
Jana’s Campaign Welcomes New Board Members
Jana’s Campaign is happy to announce three new members to the Board of Directors. Michelle McCormick, LMSW (left), from Topeka, Kansas is the Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) Unit Coordinator for the Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Michelle started her commitment to ending violence against women in 1998 as a shelter advocate for S.O.S. Inc. in Emporia, Kansas. Elizabeth Landau (middle) from Washington, D.C. works to reduce domestic violence through the court system in the District of Columbia. Elizabeth first became passionate about gender-based violence after spending a year in the Czech Republic assisting victims of human trafficking. She has also researched and coordinated anti-gender violence efforts on five continents. Dr. Stephanie LaRue-Davis (right) from Lawrence, Kansas, is a psychologist with the Veterans Administration in Leavenworth, Kansas. She works with The Domiciliary which houses over 200 homeless Veterans in eastern Kansas. Much of her work focuses on gender-based violence issues among veterans.
 
Area Display Focuses on Gender Violence
In spring 2013, global partners are rallying together for Jana’s Campaign in a literal display http://www.janascampaign.org/in-the-name-of-love/ of survivor testimony across the state of Kansas. International pieces of artwork provided by Namibian NGO Victims 2 Survivors, under the leadership of fashion designer Hem Matsi, will be displayed in Hays, Lawrence, and potentially several other off-site locations during the month of February. These pieces originally were displayed in the National Art Gallery of Namibia in Africa as part of the Unite to End GBV Exhibition, co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, among other local sponsors. The highlight of the month’s activities is spearheaded by a team of Leadership Studies students at Fort Hays State University. The team in collaboration with the Hays Arts Council and regional schools, will be holding a reception, film screening, informational session, and silent auction in Hays, Kansas, on the evening of Saturday, February 8, 2014.
 
Jana's Campaign Hosts Hays Area Chamber of Commerce for Ribbon Cutting
Jana’s Campaign was honored to host our first ever “chamber chat and ribbon cutting ceremony" to officially open our administrative headquarters at the Hadley Office Center in Hays, Kansas on October 19, 2013. Thanks to our new membership with the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, over 30 community leaders attended the event and toured our office facilities. Staff and board members had an opportunity to share our story and thank the community for its support. To learn more about Jana's Campaign, see our website at www.janascampaign.org.
 
Jana's Campaign to offer "Cut it Out" Program
Jana’s Campaign has been approved as an official “Cut It Out” facilitator and will begin programming efforts with the initiative’s 2014 materials. The goal of “Cut It Out” is to enhance the trusting relationships that hair salon professionals build with their clients. The program teaches stylists how to recognize the signs of abuse in clients so they can then attempt to steer them towards help that they might not otherwise seek. This program was initially created in Alabama before being taken to the national level where a partnership between hair care experts Clairol Professional, the National Cosmetology Association, and Southern Living At HOME was created. To learn more about “Cut It Out” and how to bring it to your nearest salon, please click here.
 
Jana's Campaign Co-sponsors Relationship Violence Intervention Summit
Jana’s Campaign, in partnership with the Office of Citizenship and Service-Learning at Missouri State University, hosted the Relationship Violence Intervention summit http://www.janascampaign.org/janas-campaign-inc-joins-with-the-office-of-citizenship-and-service-learning/ in Springfield, Missouri on October 28, 2013. Board members Curt and Christie Brungardt served as keynote speakers and were joined by Missouri State University’s President Clifton Smart. The Summit was designed for individuals and organizations in south central Missouri area who are interested in reducing gender and relationship violence.
 
2014 Annual Membership Drive
Jana’s Campaign, Inc., is asking its friends to support our “annual membership drive” and our annual program priorities. In 2014, we are seeking financial resources to help us build and expand our program activities in the following areas:
  •  Teen Gender Violence Prevention Programming
  •  Engaging Boys and Young Men to Stop Gender Violence
In 2012 and 2013, our Capital Campaign raised resources to help us establish a solid foundation. This important capital allowed us to build an infrastructure capable of carrying out our mission of reducing gender and relationship violence. With this infrastructure in place, our 2014 annual membership drive will seek resources that will allow us to expand our impact in these key programming areas.

We have established an initial goal of raising $60,000 for this annual giving membership drive. Initial gifts from Verizon Wireless, Hays Academy of Hair Design, Walmart Foundation, and Trinity Lutheran Church of Hays have jump started this important annual drive. Please follow this link to make your valuable contribution to the 2014 membership drive.Thank you for your support!