The mission of Kaity’s Way is to promote healthy relationships in future generations by raising awareness about bullying in youth dating using complementary education.
Since 2008, Kaity’s Way, a 501(c)(3) approved nonprofit corporation, has played a significant role increasing public awareness on teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships. Kaity’s Way promotes P.E.A.C.E. (Patience, Empathy, Acceptance, Caring, Equality) while educating the community and causing societal shifts in thinking and behaving. As a result of our unique perspective, the demand for the Kaity’s Way P.E.A.C.E. program has increased exponentially. In 2014, the Kaity’s Way P.E.A.C.E. program was presented 120 times throughout Arizona.
How prevelant is teen dating violence? In the 2010, National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control, 22.4% of women and 15% of men who experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17. In a survey conducted by Kaity’s Way from 2011-12 in which more than 4000 Arizona students ages 13 to 18 were surveyed, 47% reported knowledge of a peer in a violent teen dating relationship.
Kaity’s Way exists because Ric and Bobbi Sudberry are the grieving parents of one of such statistic; and they have made a commitment to change the culture of a generation by guiding youth in creating healthy, respectful relationships free from violence. It is their sincere hope that the healthy skills learned in early dating relationships guided by the P.E.A.C.E. program will result in healthy adult relationships free from Domestic Violence. In order to achieve this, Kaity’s Way uses Kaity’s Story and the P.E.A.C.E. curriculum to provide prevention and intervention education related to teen dating violence to school and community groups across the United States and Canada.
On a personal level, Bobbi Sudberry and Kaity (in spirit) played a significant role in the passage of Kaity’s Law enacted on Sept 30, 2009 providing those in dating relationships (romantic or sexual in nature) the same protection under the law as those who are married, live with someone, blood related, have a child in common, or are pregnant under the AZ Domestic Violence statutes 13-3601. Since the passage of this law, we have been travelling all over the North American continent sharing their family’s tragedy with parents, professionals and teens in the hope that no one else will ever have to experience their daily pain.
A typical presentation begins with Kaity’s Story; a compelling fact based account of Kaity Sudberry’s unhealthy dating relationship that unfortunately ended with the loss of two young lives. After the story the pattern of abuse and the warning signs are reviewed as they pertain to the story. We also discuss how bystanders can help as well as what a victim or abuser can do to help themselves. We offer considerations to safely exit an abusive relationship, which leads into an explanation of Kaity’s Law. The presentation is concluded with itemizing the elements of a healthy relationship as described in our P.E.A.C.E. Rights & Responsibilities document, created and distributed by Kaity’s Way. Upon request we will also return at a later time or date to debrief the audience and/or perform an exercise of role playing to further the understanding of the importance of healthy relationships. We also provide a Kaity’s Way P.E.A.C.E. bracelet which serves as a reminder of Kaity’s Story and the elements of a healthy relationship. We also leave behind literature for future reference and teaching moments.
In addition, Kaity’s Way sets up display tables at various events to distribute literature and cultivate public awareness. We host three regularly scheduled workshops and will conduct additional workshops at conferences, maintain a useful and concise website www.kaitysway.org, and maximize social media venues such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ to assist in promoting healthy relationships.
It take the time and efforts of many volunteers and individuals to accomplish our mission through the above mentioned tasks. We are always looking for dependable passionate, volunteers to help us by volunteering or join our Board of Directors.
Current and Upcoming Opportunities