NATURE EXPLORE CLASSROOMS
Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay FoundationSM have built nine Nature Explore Classrooms at women’s shelters across the country and will build four more in 2011. The Nature Explore Classrooms are the first of their kind to be built at domestic violence shelters. The classrooms provide outdoor learning spaces where the power of nature can help children learn, play and heal from abuse.
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In 2010, The Mary Kay FoundationSM awarded $3 million in shelter grants to 150 domestic violence shelters nationwide. Each shelter received a $20,000 grant to help combat domestic violence, educate local communities and provide much needed shelter and rehabilitation services. The Mary Kay FoundationSM is celebrating its 10th year working to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors. To date, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has donated nearly $28 million to domestic violence organizations nationwide.
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Mary Kay Inc. and members of the Mary Kay independent sales force are lobbying legislators to help prevent and end domestic violence. Since the 1980s, Mary Kay Inc. and members of its independent sales force have lobbied Congress and state legislatures on issues including the Violence Against Women Act and, most recently, teen dating violence awareness and prevention. To help end teen dating violence, click here. In 2011, Mary Kay and members of the Mary Kay independent sales force lobbied state lawmakers in California, Georgia, Texas and Massachusetts and members of Congress in Washington, D.C.
BREAK THE CYCLE DVD
With one in three teens being the victim of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse in a relationship,** Mary Kay Inc. partnered with the national nonprofit organization Break the Cycle to sponsor its interactive "Ending Violence" DVD. This comprehensive DVD was made available to schools nationwide in February 2010 as part of the first-ever Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This preventive education curriculum teaches teens about healthy relationships. The partnership continues at enddatingviolence.com, an online petition aimed at encouraging lawmakers to help end teen dating violence.
**According to Break the Cycle