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Avon grant will help students engage in healthy relationships


 Thanks to a grant award from cosmetics company Avon, an Illinois College student group will offer programs to encourage Illinois College students to engage in healthy relationships. The grant money will also train students to serve as health educators to their peers.

Illinois College Peer Health Educators received a $9,750 grant from Avon’s beauty and fashion boutique, mark., as part of its m.powerment by mark. Healthy Relationship Peer Educator Program. The effort is managed by the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. The grant will fund the Peer Health Education program at Illinois College to promote healthy dating relationships among college-age women and men. This is the first year Illinois College has received funding from the m.powerment program.

The Illinois College Peer Health Educators will provide preventive education on dating abuse and violence, sexual assault and the promotion of healthy relationships, as well as offer local resources and provide referrals for community-based domestic violence experts. The grant also supports peer educator training, materials and support sessions about healthy relationships.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women and m.powerment by mark. share our mission and have chosen to support our program,” said Malinda Carlson, vice president for student affairs/dean of the students. She continued, “The main goal of this grant is to certify additional students as peer health educators. This funding will help us promote our Rape Aggression Defense course, which is open to students and the public. The Illinois College Chesley Health and Wellness Center staff, along with the peer health educators, will use funds to develop tee shirts, posters, calendars and other materials that encourage healthy relationships and prevention of sexual assault and dating violence.”

The grant is one of 23 m.powerment by mark. Healthy Relationship Peer Educator Program grants totaling nearly $220,000 awarded to colleges nationwide to fund a network of dating peer educators on college campuses.


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