In the summer of 2014, Jana’s Campaign joined a unique partnership that utilizes a multi-dimensional approach to impacting teen dating violence throughout the state of Kansas. Partnering with the Kansas Department of Education, Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teachers, and Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisors, our goal is to create a comprehensive educational experience that includes both curricular and co-curricular activities to create lasting school and community impact.
Family and Consumer Science courses (both at the middle and high school level) focus on the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that help people make informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. Statewide, more than 50,000 students take these FACS courses. On the co-curricular side, FCCLA is a national career and technical student organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA members include more than 4,000 Kansas middle and high school students, and require chapter service projects that focus on subjects such as family relationships, peer pressure, and teen violence. Because of the unique focus of these curricular and co-curricular programs, we believe that real and sustainable social change can be achieved through the SafeDates classroom curriculum and the co-curricular community service projects.
Through grant support by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and Verizon Wireless, Jana’s Campaign can provide FACS teachers with the Safes Dates curriculum to incorporate teen dating violence awareness into their classrooms at little to no cost. Jana’s Campaign can also offer mini-grants ($100) to enhance students’ chapter service projects addressing this issue. These mini-grants can be used to offset the costs of teen gender violence chapter service projects. Qualified projects must be school or community-based.