Verizon Foundation grant supports Green Dot domestic violence prevention program

  KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 9, 2014) -- A grant from the Verizon Foundation will help Kennesaw…

Georgia (Dec 12, 2014)


KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 9, 2014) -- A grant from the Verizon Foundation will help Kennesaw State’s efforts to  prevent domestic violence through its Green Dot program.

Kennesaw State’s Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center will use the grant, as well as funds from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to implement the Green Dot program as a campuswide initiative.

Green Dot is designed for both men and women and seeks to engage them, through education and skills practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations – resulting in the ultimate reduction of violence.  

“On behalf of the administration of Kennesaw State University, we are all very excited about their support of our program – the first program in the University System of Georgia and one of the first in the U.S.,” said Bob Mattox, Kennesaw State’s assistant dean of Student Success Services.

“We will use the money in this grant from the Verizon Foundation to train more people on campus in the Green Dot process, and they will, in turn, train others in our residence halls, fraternities and sororities to get the word out.”

Green Dot relies on the power of peer influence and culture change to prevent violence. The program consists of two components. A four-day, train-the-trainer workshop equips six faculty, staff and graduate students with tools to administer the bystander violence prevention curriculum to students. In the second part, a series of 10-15, six-hour group sessions are held to educate and engage 200 students in interpersonal violence prevention. 

The training is a critical component for implementing campuswide prevention efforts, which will continue indefinitely.

The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon, whose south area headquarters is in Alpharetta. The company supports domestic violence prevention efforts across the U.S., and investment will soon reach $100 million to help the cause.

“This is the first time the Verizon Foundation has gifted money to Kennesaw State, and I’m so proud it is for such a worthy cause,” said Julie C. Smith, vice president of external affairs, south area at Verizon. “This grant represents an opportunity for us to continue to play an important role in the prevention of violence in society.

“For us, it is really exciting to work with college campuses. All of you are doing such great work here at KSU in the prevention of violence, and our hope will be to increase our support in the future and continue to work with you to make an impact. We know that working together, we can break this cycle.”

By Robert S. Godlewski


Women's Resource & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Center


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