“PEI Kids’ school workshops address sensitive topics that teachers are not necessarily equipped to handle,” explains Melody Powell, PEI Kids’ Director of Prevention Services. “Topics include child assault and sexual abuse prevention; bullying prevention; and cyber-safety. Everything is presented in engaging and age-appropriate manners, and the children leave with increased knowledge of how to stay safe.”
As the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention (CAP) designee for Mercer County for more than 25 years, PEI Kids’ reaches over 14,000 children, as well as their teachers and parents, each year with its Prevention/Education programs. According to Powell, last year alone, PEI Kids staff members presented a total of 549 workshops in more than 70 Mercer County schools.
With the “sole mission to prevent and treat child abuse,”Hedge Funds Care, doing business as Help for Children (HFC), is a first-time donor that has granted PEI Kids $40,000 to support the costs of presenting the Child Assault Prevention workshops to approximately 3,500 County children, as well as their teachers and parents. An international charity, HFC is supported largely by the hedge fund industry. HFC seeks to raise as much money as possible to fund programs that prevent and treat child abuse and to showcase the philanthropy of the hedge fund industry. Since its inception in 1998, HFC has awarded over 1,000 grants totaling more than $36 million.
Longtime donor PNC Foundation’s recent $21,000 grant will be specifically used to present anti-bullying workshops to a total of 60 classrooms of first and third graders in Trenton schools. Workshops focus on the negative effects of bullying, proven non-aggressive solutions and effective methods to stay safe. In honor of its longtime support for Prevention/Education efforts and its devotion to the well being of children in the community, PEI Kids presented PNC with its Community Partner Award this past June.
“Government funding for schools and prevention/education efforts has, unfortunately, been reduced in this perpetually challenging economic environment,”
About PEI Kids
PEI Kids’ aspiration for the children of Mercer County, NJ, is “Safe Kids, Sound Futures.” Currently serving approximately 16,000 children and their families each year, the nonprofit organization began in 1985 when, while working at a rape crisis center, its founders discovered there were no local services tailored for children who had been sexually abused. For the past 28 years, its mission has been dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. Its services have expanded to include engaging, developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse Prevention/Education and Intervention programs relating to personal safety; physical and sexual abuse; understanding physical and educational differences;