BENEFITING: True North of Columbia, Inc.
Who am I? Why do I need you to help this organization?
I am a grad student intern doing outreach at this organization (actually known as True North) in Columbia, MO.
I am advocating for funding that will support the creation of fun activities we can include in our evidence-based violence prevention curriculum building efforts. We implement this with youth in schools and community organizations. We also will use funds to cover costs of updating our tri-fold presentation board we use for tabling events to increase accessibility of our services.
Current research has proven that abusive relationships and violence in general can have devastating outcomes that can block youth from their right to grow and thrive on their journey towards becoming healthy, happy, productive members of society. Our outreach team deserves to have a strong toolkit for enacting prevention and awareness because we have been committed to this cause and gaining support from the ground up and top down for many years in our community. We have limited government funding for outreach that mainly covers team member positions.
We thank you for your support in ending domestic and sexual violence in Columbia!
More about our organization:
True North has provided the following services to victims of sexual and domestic violence for over twenty years in Columbia, MO:
-shelter, counseling, 24 hour crisis hotline, advocates who work with the Criminal Justice System to obtain Orders of Protection, ride with police to respond to domestic disturbance calls, and provide support to victims in court, advocates who provide hospital support and work with nurses who are trained to examine victims of sexual assault...
-and now, thanks to our federal grant, we have an Outreach Team who works with schools and a wide variety of other community programs who are invested in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Here are some of the programs we are currently working with: Juvenile Justice Center (program and detention youth), McCambridge (women's substance abuse in and out patient populations), C.A.R.E. (at-risk youth employment preparation program), Boone County Family Resources (healthy relationship education for students with special needs), CMU Nursing and Theater groups (trainings that inform service competence and assist in other forms of outreach), PATHWAYS (a youth substance abuse intervention program), and a growing list of public schools- Rockbridge, Douglass...
Why Teen Dating Violence Prevention is important: See breakthecycle.org, the most recent national advocacy campaign for more information about why reaching youth is so crucial to ending violence and abuse.