Our House Inc.’s W.A.V.E. (Working Against Violence Everywhere) Youth Council received the Mary Bryon Project’s Celebrating Solutions National Award on August 6th, 2016. Representatives from the National Foundation will present the award.
About W.A.V.E Youth Council:
The W.A.V.E. (Working Against Violence Everywhere) Youth Council Program is a component of Our House, Inc. Healthy Relationship Program. The youth council’s mission is to curtail the number of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking occurrences among African American youth and young adults between the ages of 13-24 who reside in 9 Mississippi Delta rural counties. The mission is accomplished by (1) planning, developing and implementing public awareness campaigns that focus on existing resources and services available to prevent interpersonal violence among the targeted population; (2) addressing the emotional and physical needs of those in the target population who have been affected by or are victims of interpersonal violence; and (3) designing an effective healthy relationship support group format for AA youth victims of interpersonal violence and ascertaining that all material are culturally, age and language specific.
About Mary Byron Project:
The Mary Byron Project was established in 2000 in memory of a young woman whose tragic murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies. As a nationally recognized thought leader on domestic violence, the Mary Byron Project cultivates and supports efforts that extend beyond crisis management to attack the root causes of this epidemic and help build safer and healthier communities.
The Mary Byron Project created the Celebrating Solutions Awards to showcase and applaud local innovations that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of violence. The Mary Bryon Project selects programs that can serve as models for the nation and offer $10,000 cash awards in recognition of their pioneering efforts. Nominations are judged by a panel of experts in criminal justice, health care, and public policy, and other disciplines that address domestic violence. Our House, Inc.’s WAVE youth council was one of over two hundred nominees and was selected as one of four final recipients.