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Women’s Center Awarded $5,000 Grant for Peer Educators

The Boise State Women’s Center is the recipient of a $5,000 m.powerment grant through the Avon Foundation for Women to fund the Healthy Relationships Peer Educator Program. This is the second time Boise State has received a grant from the Avon Foundation.

Healthy Relationship Peer Educators, with support from Women’s Center staff, will use the funds to create innovative programming to support the development of healthy relationships. The program offers interactive workshops, trainings and outreach, focusing on preventive education about dating abuse and violence, sexual assault, stalking, consent and communication. It also provides information about local resources and makes referrals for community-based domestic violence experts.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and supports our program,” said Jess Caldwell-O’Keefe, director of the Women’s Center. “Engaging student leaders is the most beneficial way of developing a community that better understands the dynamics of gender-based violence. With these funds we’ll be able to reach more students on our campus by allowing our team to create more diverse programming.”

Caldwell-O’Keefe and Adriane Bang, violence prevention and support coordinator, co-wrote the grant. The Women’s Center was one of 25 successful applicants from 170 submissions nationwide to receive the m.powerment grant from the beauty and fashion boutique known as “mark.,” which is managed by the Avon Foundation through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative.

Through the end of 2012, the Avon Foundation for Women has donated $33 million in the United States to support domestic violence programs, services and education. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries.

For more information, call the Women’s Center at (208) 426-4259 or visit www.avonfoundation.org and http://www.meetmark.com/explore/mpowerment.