We believe student-led community service projects can be an incredibly powerful tool to combat teen gender violence. Whether projects are part of a service-learning course or used as co-curricular activities, students can put knowledge into action as they integrate issues of gender-based violence into teen dating violence service projects. Example service projects can range from interviewing local agencies engaged in this work to hosting film screenings on healthy relationships to promoting a poster campaign (see more examples). Through these types of projects, participating students can increase their own knowledge of teen dating violence and realize they have the power to make a difference. More importantly, their projects can begin to create real change in their schools and communities.
Through grant support by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and Verizon Wireless, Jana’s Campaign is pleased to offer mini-grants ($100) to enhance students’ service projects addressing teen dating violence. These mini-grants can be used to offset the financial costs of the service projects. Qualified projects must be school or community-based. Dollars from mini-grants can be used in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to purchasing supplies, venue rental, or to support marketing activities. It is our hope that these mini-grants will allow students to enhance to scope of a traditional service-learning activity.