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The Walmart Foundation announced Monday a $35,000 grant to the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) in support of the 2011 Lead On! For Peace and Equality Program.
The funds are to help ANDVSA bring youth together from across the state to increase leadership skills in violence prevention and support youth-led projects in home communities across Alaska.
In a press release, Walmart’s senior manager for public affairs and government relations, Angela Stoner, said, “We’re proud to support non-profit organizations in the communities we serve. The Alaska State Giving Program allows us to focus our contributions and make them count throughout the state. We’re pleased to partner with ANDVSA and applaud their efforts in raising awareness among Alaska’s youth.”
Lead On! 2011 is a youth engagement prevention initiative to inspire youths to implement prevention projects in their own communities. It will include presentations from those across the state, including previous Lead On! participants, who will share their experiences with developing and implementing their teen dating education and sexual violence prevention projects.
“Lead ON! is a part of a broader prevention effort that provides an opportunity and tools for all Alaskans to help end violence in Alaska. We appreciate Walmart’s commitment to supporting these youth leaders and to ending violence,” ANDVSA Executive Director Peggy Brown said in the release.
According to ANDVSA, Lead On! is based on an evidence-based behavior change model that identifies key leaders or popular opinion leaders who can help to shift the norms around a particular issue.
The Walmart Foundation’s Alaska State Giving Council helps fund community programs, such as those that address hunger, homelessness, education, job training and other needs.