Category Archives: Blog Posts & News

#MyGivingStory

  A life-threatening medical condition. A kitten on the brink of death. The many symptoms of poverty. What do these stories have in common (and how are they related to KBEP)? This year, three members of the Katie Brown Educational Program team are sharing their reasons for giving back to the community, through the #MyGivingStory contest. Inspired… Continue Reading

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. While we celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultures of indigenous peoples in the Americas, it is also important that we take a look at the way a history of marginalization has uniquely impacted Native Americans’ experiences with domestic and sexual violence. Here are the facts: Native Americans ages 12… Continue Reading

Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home

Domestic violence is a growing crisis spreading in households across the country. We know the many effects that domestic violence can have on survivors– from physical injury to lowered self-esteem to destroyed finances. However, domestic violence does not just affect the direct victim. Every year in the United States, 5 million children witness domestic violence.… Continue Reading

Online Dating Survey

The Katie Brown Educational Program educates about healthy and violent dating relationships in our 8th-grade curriculum, high school curriculum, and college programming. To keep our curriculum information and topics relevant to the everyday experiences of our students, we frequently ask questions and conduct research. Fortunately, we learn a lot from our classroom interactions with students… Continue Reading

Consent and Coercion

While most of us understand that using physical violence in order to get sex is wrong, we don’t always recognize the more subtle forms of violence that people may use.  Consent is more than a saying “yes” or saying “no.” Sometimes sexual violence happens even though the person said “yes.” Survivors of this type of… Continue Reading

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   The staff and volunteers at KBEP seek to support and educate the community on all aspects of relationship violence prevention. Here are some of the ways that we are bringing awareness to the issue of domestic violence during the month of October. October 1-31: Throughout the month, we… Continue Reading

Educator Profile: Meet Rowan, our newest KBEP Educator!

Rowan McKenna was raised in Seekonk, Massachusetts. She graduated from Rhode Island College in 2017 with a degree in Gender & Women’s Studies and a minor in Communications. Rowan started at the Katie Brown Educational Program in January 2018. Prior to working with the Katie Brown Educational Program, Rowan served as a contributing columnist for… Continue Reading

Educator Profile: Meet Jasmine Torres!

Join us this month as we profile the staff at the Katie Brown Educational Program.  Jasmine Torres was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts. While enrolled, Jasmine majored in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and minored in Education. She has… Continue Reading

We’re Hiring: Educational Program Manager

Educational Program Manager position: Organizational Overview: The Katie Brown Educational Program (KBEP) offers a range of educational programs throughout the year. KBEP takes the approach that all young people need age-appropriate relationship violence prevention education to be able to build and maintain successful relationships from childhood into adulthood. We also recognize that education is a… Continue Reading

Educator Profile: Get to know Deshaun

Join us this month as we profile the staff at the Katie Brown Educational Program.  Deshaun Ferguson Deshaun Ferguson was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He attended Johnson & Wales University graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts. While enrolled, Deshaun majored in Sports Entertainment Events Management and minored in Professional Sports. He… Continue Reading