Over the years we have heard of how our program affects people in various ways, such as:
- A Woman who, after seeing a presentation, vowed to never blame the parents of the a child who has been a victim of violence.
- Individual students shared their experiences with teen dating violence and let us know how much our program helped them focus on having healthy relationships.
- A young women in foster care told us that she has seen our presentation several times and each times gains something new. Since seeing the first presentation, she left an abusive relationship and has been good to this day.
Yet, there is one recent instance that sticks
with us because of the two fold impact. We had multiple presentations at a particular school and had no idea that there was a couple that had dated for a little over a year and recently ended the relationship just two weeks prior to our presenting at their school. The victim attended one of the first presentations we gave and apparently learned quite a bit. The abuser in the relationship had approached the victim to talk about their relationship and the victim very simply said they would talk with them once they'd seen the presentation in health class.
The next day the abuser saw the presentation and took copious notes. After the presentation, the abuser asked to speak to the presenter in private and handed the presenter the notes taken. On one side of the paper the abuser had taken notes regarding the pattern of abuse, the red flags and the elements of a healthy relationship. The other side of the paper contained information about what red flags the abuser felt they had violated, so to speak. The abuser identified with being an abuser and was sincerely accepting responsibility for their behavior. The abuser was ready to be held accountable. The abuser expressed feelings of regret and remorse and realized that some soul searching was in order.
Next, the abuser mentioned they wanted to continue the relationship with the victim and ask what to do. It was explained that the victim has the choice and respecting that is first and foremost. Then it was suggested the abuser consider apologizing for their behavior and let the victim know of their feelings, but again to understand it is the victim's choice. If the victim chooses to try again in the relationship the abuser needs to live, eat and breathe the P.E.A.C.E. Rights and Responsibilities at all times in the relationship. Not only because the victim is aware of them but because it is the right thing to do for the abusers own well being. Now, if the victim chooses to not take part in the relationship, the abuser then has a duty to respect the victim's decision and move on without incident. The abuser seemed to sincerely understand their options and took a brochure as well as a copy of the P.EA.C.E. Rights and Responsibilities.
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Coming and Going...
We would just like to take a moment to give a fond farewell to our 2014 Spring Interns. They served us and the community well. We greatly appreciate their dedication and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.
Diana Pardo Brian Smith Morgan Pinski Chelsea Burton Arielle Cohen
We would also like to thank Ariella Nahom for her contribution to the Kaity's Way Board as the Secretary and Governance Committee Chair. She came in, set some goals and accomplish them she did. Ariella is truly and exceptional person and Kaity's Way is very fortunate to have had her serve a term on our board. She has assured us that even though she is no longer on the board, she intends to still volunteer and help us in any way she can.
Now for those newly joining us:
On the Board we have.......
Mrs. Shelly Ward......Shelly Ward received a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, and a CCL in Forensic Investigation from Mesa Community College. After a thirteen-year career in IT, she decided to change direction and follow her calling. She became a Victim Advocate for the City of Mesa Prosecutors Office working directly with crime victims and acting as a liaison between prosecutors and victims to ensure that victims are empowered to exercise their rights in the criminal justice process. Shelly provides assistance to victims including domestic violence education, referrals and safety planning. Her goal is always to ensure that the people she works with are treated with kindness and respect throughout the process. Shelly is committed to educating teens about dating violence to enable them to make healthy relationship choices. Shelly actively collaborates with a number of community organizations such as the Avon Order of Protection Task Force and MESACan. Shelly is an active community volunteer donating time to organizations including Kaity’s Way, Maricopa County Juvenile Probation and The Arizona Museum of Natural History.
In addition we have new volunteers who have signed on to help with the program as a whole.....
- Kendall West - Phoenix
- Patricia Guzman - Tolleson
- Christian Maurin - Litchfield Park
- Tiffany Kell - Phoenix
- Raguel Martinez - Scottsdale
- Carolina Zamarron - Chandler
- Ingrid Camargo - Eloy
- Patrick Jones - Eloy
- Teliyah Walls - Eloy
- Algie Mitchell - Eloy
- Mandi Lopez - Eloy
- Samantha Alvarado - Eloy
- Rosio Rosas - Eloy
- Shannon McCormick - Eloy
- Linda James - Picacho
But that is not all.... we have 21 more that have thrown their name in the hat on to help with the concession stands at the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals season and other events held at the stadium. Once they have completed training and processing we will share their names.
Understanding Verbal Abuse (Part 1 of 4)
by Angela Lambert
Abuse can affect the lives of people regardless of age, gender or social status. Although people most often associate abuse with physical violence, it can come in many different forms including verbal abuse. Because of the nature of verbal abuse, its damaging effects are often underestimated and misunderstood. This can be a problem for people who are the victims of it. In addition, it can make it difficult for people who suspect that a friend or loved one is being verbally abused. To help combat verbal bullying it is important to educate people and raise awareness. What is Verbal Abuse?
Verbal abuse is a type of emotional abuse in which a person uses words, body language, or behavior to cause emotional pain or distress to another person. Although it is not physical in nature and does not leave visible bruises, it is just as damaging and can leave an individual with emotional scars and trauma. With verbal abuse, the abuser uses words as a way to exert control and dominance over the victim. It is a behavior that is often thought of in terms of domestic violence; however, it can occur in places of work, school, etc. Spouses, teachers, employers, girlfriends, boyfriends, or friends can be verbally abusive. When it comes to relationships, it is often a precursor to physical violence.To read the entire article click on this link
Kaity's Way is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help with various projects and events throughout the year. You can fill out and submit a volunteer application on line by clicking on the following link Volunteer Application.
Ideas on how you can help.......
Help us Bring Awareness
Are you a member of a PTA, PTO, PTSO or any group or organization that involves the welfare of children? If so, consider suggesting Kaity's Way speak at one of the meetings to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence as well as the need for Education in our schools.
Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Friend or follow us and when you see a posting or tweet from us SHARE for all of your friends.
Talk about us to anyone and everyone. If you would like brochures to have on hand, please let us know and we will get some to you.
Beginning August 1, 2013 Kaity's Way volunteers, participants and
supporters can enroll their Fry’s V.I.P . Cards online at their secure
. Starting September 1, 2013, every time an enrolled participant shops
at Fry’s using his or her registered Fry’s V.I.P. Card, Kaity's Way will earn
How cool and easy is that!?!Follow the instructions below to get started.......
PLEASE NOTE: Before you can link your Fry’s V.I.P card to
Kaity's Way, you must have an email address.
STEP 1: Creating an Online Fry’s Account
**NOTE: If you already have an online Fry’s account, skip to #2
- Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
- Select ‘Create an Account’.
Sign-In information, enter your email and create a password. (Write
down your email & password—will need it in step 2)
- Select ‘Use Card Number’. *Enter your Fry’s V.I.P Card Number, last name and postal code.
- Under ‘Select Your Preferred Store’ enter your postal code.
- Select ‘Find Stores’.
your store then select ‘Create Account’. *You will then be prompted to
check your email for a confirmation email. Click the hyperlink in your
email to finish creating your Online Fry’s Account. Continue to step #2
to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program of your choice.
STEP 2: Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program
- Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
- Select ‘Sign-In’.
- Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in’. (This will be the email and password you created in step 1)
- Select ‘My Account then select ‘Account Settings’ from drop down menu.
- Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
- Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number 80082 or name of organization Kaity's Way then select ‘search’.
- Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization
- Then select ‘save changes’.
you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization
information listed under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary
Another opportunity and one of the simplest ways to raise funds for Kaity's Way only takes the stroke of a key. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch.com as your search engine, select Kaity's Way and they'll donate a penny to Kaity's Way every time you do a search! They also have several other online opportunities to raise money for Kaity's Way by shopping, playing games, participating in surveys, booking online travel. For each transaction a percentage of the purchase will go to Kaity's Way
The web site is http://www.goodsearch.com. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.
Have a Home Party to raise funds for Kaity's Way. Many businesses, such as, True North Gold, Tupperware, Beauticontrol, Pampered Chef, CandleLite, Miche Bag and Cookie Lee have programs to fund raise for non-profit organizations. This is a fun way to get together with your friends and support a great cause.
Conduct a used cell phone drive or recycle used ink cartridges from printers or copiers at your place of employment or with your friends and family. If interested give us a call and we will get you the supplies you need to set up.
Amazon gives customers the option to select a non profit to receive .5% of any purchase upon checkout. At Smile.Amazon.com You can select Kaity's Way and shop away.
If you work for one of the following businesses you can choose to donate straight out your paycheck to Kaity's Way?
For every dollar donated to Kaity's Way a member of the community receives all the literature and data needed to understand the issue of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships. So if you work for either one of these companies or know someone who does, please consider Kaity's Way the next time open enrollment comes around.
- APS dc 59768
- Salt River Corporation
- State of Arizona
- American Express
Kaity's Way Board Members
Susan Guinn-Lahm, MA, CRC, LPC
Past Board Chair
is a native of Ajo, AZ where she works as the Lead Behavioral Health
Clinician at Desert Senita Community Health Center (DSCHC). Susan
provides general mental health counseling services, specializing in
patients behavioral changes to compliment their medical treatment.
is a modern renaissance woman. She is a published author, an
accomplished costume designer and is considered an expert in arts
education. She is currently the Education & Outreach Director for Infinite Spectrum Productions
where she oversees educational and mission driven projects for the
company. She is listed on the Consultant Roster for the Arizona
Commission on the Arts and was a 2011 nominee for the Arizona Governor's
Arts Awards in Arts Education.
Ric is the father of five children and the PauPau to six grandchildren. He served six years in the US Air Force as a Medical Technician. Ric currently works full time as a Department Supervisor at Home Depot in Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren, reading, watching football (Go Steelers!) and traveling.
Brandy loves to tell stories. She is the Executive
Producer/Multimedia Journalist for Health2Fit television show and
website. Brandy has more than 15 years of newsroom experience. She
covers all kinds of stories from weight loss, and sports health to the
latest medical breakthroughs in Arizona and around the country. Brandy
earned her degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
When not busy telling stories, she spends time with her family,
travels, hikes, plays tennis and loves going to sporting
events/concerts. Brandy completed the New York City Marathon and hopes
another race may be on the horizon.
Board Member/Marketing Committee Chair
Diane Smith is the Public Relations Manager for the Martz Agendy. With a background in Public Relations and TV news, Smith has more than a decade of media experience under her belt. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting from Arizona State University. She is the proud pet parent to three catsa nd even though her smart phone is usually within reach, when she is not officially "on the clock" she enjoys exercising, watching sports and spending time with friends and family.
Diana Rosine was born in Port Huron, Michigan and lived most of her life in Michigan. She moved to Phoenix 7 years ago and has dedicated herself to helping other by becoming involved in the Kiwanis, Homeward Bound and Kaity's Way. Diana has a wonderful Fiance (Jack), two daughters and five grandchildren that live in Michigan and Ohio. She was recently awarded Kiwanina of the Year 2012-13 for her dedication to volunteerism and helping the children of the world.
Erika M. Lazenby
Erika is the Director of Marketing Operations at
Arizona State University-the largest public university in the country. She is
responsible for the operations of university wide marketing efforts to more
than 67,000 students in addition to faculty, parents and alumni. Prior to
joining Arizona State University, she held various positions in the Office of
the Arizona Governor. Under the administration of Governors Jane D. Hull, Janet
Napolitano and Janice K. Brewer, Ms. Lazenby directed the provision of services
to Arizona constituents and navigated the complexities of Arizona
politics. Ms. Lazenby’s personal interests include improving
educational attainment, empowering women and strengthening the economy in
Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Arizona
State and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in public policy and public
administration focusing on the convergence points of politics and economics.
Board Member/Finance Committee Chair
Victoria is the Director of Tax Services at KeatsConnelly,
the largest cross-border wealth management firm in North America that
specializes in helping Canadians and Americans realize their dreams of a
cross-border lifestyle. Victoria assists clients with tax planning and
tax preparation of their US and Canadian tax returns. She has been
working in the tax and legal services industry since 2002. Victoria is a
Minnesota native and only recently became an Arizona resident in 2007.
She enjoys running, road races, yoga and spending time with friends and
family. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her partner Jim Crane, his
two children, Kaitlyn and JT, and their two dogs, Fozzie and Shammi..
All applications must be post marked by
June 1, 2014
to be accepted for consideration.
Thanks to two donors, who have asked to remain anonymous, we are doing it again this year. With the donations, KW
is able to give high school seniors or recent graduates who are attending or planning to attend a
Maricopa Community College and go into a public service position, the
opportunity to apply for our $700 Kaity's Way BB Scholarship. Criteria and application can be located by clicking on the link.
The close date for this scholarship is June 1, 2014.
Everyone who has contributed to Kaity's Way in one way or another. Some contribute money, others with time and yet others with items for use or to raise funds. No matter how you look at it, all contributions received allows us to promote healthy relationships and bring awareness to teen dating violence through:
- Resource Tables
- Social Media
- Kaity's Korner
Without this help we would not have been able to reach the vast amount of people that we have thus far. Including that young couple mentioned to the left.
Our success is the communities success and we would not be able to do all that we have done through Kaity's Way without YOU!
6' Folding Table
Laptops for presentations (refurbished okay)
Reward points for hotel accommodations or airfare
Conference call speaker phone
Periodic use of a reliable conference line
Digital Video Camera
Color Laser Printer
Venues to hold Public Presentations of Kaity's Story
( Paper, Blue pocket folders, labels, envelopes, stamps, display stands, etc)
Items to Raffle off or put in a Silent Auction to raise funds
Wireless clip on microphone & speakers
Kaity's Way Bracelets
Many Thanks to our.....
Volunteers and Interns alike are who allow us to reach out as far as we do. Without them we would not be able to participate in multiple events in one day. Without them we would have to move at a much slower pace and our ability to reach people would be limited. Their passion and dedication is so greatly appreciated and we just hope that all they do for their community comes back to them through the enrichment of their lives.
- Carolyn Bunnitt
- Robin Todd
- Donna McClung
- Annie Young
- Miranda Birden
- Maria Spry
- Sharon Montijo
- Nathan Montijo
- Andy Montijo
- Stephen Montijo
- Aubry Harper
- Bailey Harper
- Kenny Lahm
- Andrea Peterson
Intern: Sobira Pakhlavonova
Then there are our Board Members that make sure things are happening behind the scenes lending us their expertise and time.....
What is on the Horizon
Be sure to check our website for additions and updateswww.kaitysway.org/events
June 4, 2014
Fresh Start Women's Foundation - Girls Thrive
June 9, 2014What
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
June 10, 2014
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
June 12, 2014
May 8, 2014
Summitt High School
Apache Junction, AZ
June 18, 2014
June 20, 2014
Black Canyon School/Girl Scouts
June 28, 2014
Maryvale Unite Resource Fair
July 5, 2014
Step Against Teen Dating Violence
Black Canyon Conference Center Phoenix, AZ
July 14, 2014
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
July 15, 2014
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Great People doing Wonderful Things!
Want to help children all over the world? If so, check out your local Kiwanis Club.
The Arrowhead Kiwanis Club, Peoria, Arizona is a loyal and consistent supporter of Kaity's Way.
We are very Grateful to them and everything they do!
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Now is a Great time to visit Arizona.
Be sure to let them know Kaity's Way sent you!
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More Great People doing Great Things!
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Kaity's Korner Staff
Miranda L. Birden
Creator & Editor
Contributor & Editor
Please feel free to contact us if you should have any comments, questions or concerns regarding out newsletter.
Kaity's Way Contact
P.O. Box 83494
Phoenix, AZ 85071
Tax ID #26-3442791