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It’s official! Last week, we proudly announced our 2024 grantees. Today, we are sharing more information about our grantees and the amazing work they plan to do with our RALIANCE grant.
This Anchorage-based organization has done incredibly important prevention work in the name of child safety and welfare across their state. With this grant, they plan to focus their efforts to aid former child sexual abuse survivors and prevent future acts of child sexual abuse within the Alaska Native community.
Alaska has the highest rate of sexual violence in the nation and our children and youth are not immune from it. We are excited to partner with RALIANCE in our shared vision of ending sexual violence, which includes child sexual abuse. Their investment in our work will amplify our initiative to ensure every child thrives in safety and security.
-Trevor Storrs, President and CEO of the Alaska Children’s Trust
In the New Orleans area, Beyond Harm aims to disrupt cycles of sexual and domestic violence outside the carceral system. Their prevention work primarily focuses on working with people who have caused harm and make them a part of the solution to ending sexual violence through change, accountability, and growth. With this grant, they are collaborating with an HBCU to work with people who have caused harm on their campus and understand the underlying risk factors for perpetration.
RALIANCE’s support for our program is an investment in upstream, community-based solutions to sexual violence. Addressing campus sexual violence head-on with those who perpetrate, while using survivor-centered and restorative approaches, must be central if we are serious about ending this epidemic. RALIANCE’s support allows us to offer new pathways to change and help to transform campuses into actual safe spaces, free from sexual violence.
-Amanda Tonkovich, Co-Director, Beyond Harm
Creative Justice works in the Seattle, WA area to facilitate arts-based workshops for young people impacted by the child welfare and carceral systems. At the core of their mission is the belief that cycles of violence cannot be disrupted without addressing the root causes that enable such violence to occur.
Building safer communities means addressing the root causes of violence and establishing a social safety net that works for all. Because this work (prevention, healing, care, and accountability) requires many hearts and hands, we are humbled to be a part of a network of organizations that are partnering with those communities most impacted by interpersonal and systemic violence to facilitate spaces for healing, accountability and collective care because this is what will ultimately generate more safety for us all and prevent sexual and gender-based violence.
-Nikkita Oliver, Executive Director, Creative Justice
Also based in Seattle, The Good Foot Arts Collective uses Hip Hop, Art, and Culture to reach out to youth throughout the area. They use their arts education and programming as a tool to end violence before it even has the chance to occur.
Through this support from RALIANCE, we will be able to expand the reach of NO Excuses to other cities and Hip Hop leaders by empowering them with knowledge about sexual misconduct and assault, culturally-congruent tools for addressing and preventing it, and healing. We will be able to offer barrier free access to trainings that will support the growth and safety of their Hip Hop community.
-Chi May Praseuth, Executive Director, The Good Foot Arts Collective
From the Bronx in New York City, the Southeast Asian Freedom Network is a Southeast Asian-led organization which advocates for their community by speaking out against deportation and for abolition. With this grant, they will be evaluating how best to prevent sexual violence on an organizational and community level.
Our project will be implemented in an underserved and often invisible population since the Asian American diaspora narrative often leaves out these particular Southeast Asian communities, who have often had the least resources.
-Chhaya Chhoum, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Freedom Network
Women’s and Children’s Alliance, centered in Boise, Idaho, has long been a shelter and service provider for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. With this grant, they intend to focus their efforts on their latest project aimed at local refugee/resettled community members. By the project’s end, they will create a toolkit that evaluates best and most culturally respectful practices that they will have used.
The Boise area is home to a unique and resilient community of individuals and families who have experienced resettlement, many of whom have experienced trauma and adversity on their journeys to Idaho. This grant will help us to better understand the unique needs, strengths and cultural context necessary to better support this diverse community and create meaningful violence prevention programming.
-Tracy Darling-DeMarcus, Prevention Program Manager, Women’s and Children’s Alliance
RALIANCE is a trusted adviser for organizations committed to building cultures that are safe, equitable, and respectful. RALIANCE offers unparalleled expertise in serving survivors of sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse which drives our mission to help organizations across sectors create inclusive environments for all. For more information, please visit www.RALIANCE.org.
The RALIANCE Grant Program has supported more than 80 sexual violence prevention projects with a total of $3.5 million in grant funding from the National Football League (NFL). The majority of the grant projects funded to date were awarded to programs serving people of color, LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, religious minorities, immigrants, young people, and others who often are heavily impacted by sexual violence yet historically overlooked by funders. Learn more at www.raliance.org/grant-program/grants.