The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the recipients of its fourth annual mini-grant program to fund dynamic projects promoting the three arenas of its mission: Effective Teen Relationships & Violence Prevention, the Arts, and Community Service.
In Lauren’s spirit and memory, small grants have recently been awarded to individuals and groups with dynamic project ideas in the above areas.
A total of 11 project proposals were awarded mini-grants.
In the 5 years since Lauren’s murder, the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund has undertaken TEN STRATEGIC INITIATIVES in promoting healthy youth relationships and preventing violence including:
- Speaking and collaborating at over 125 universities, schools, and corrections, police, religious, medical, civic, service and governmental organizations regarding approaches to promoting healthy relationships and violence prevention.
The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund is a non-profit charitable organization founded to honor the life of Lauren Dunne Astley, a beautiful, talented and beloved 18-year-old young woman who had just graduated from Wayland High School in Massachusetts, and planned to attend Elon University in North Carolina. Lauren was passionate about her friends and family, the arts and community service. She died on July 3, 2011 at the hands of her former boyfriend, a victim of the disturbing phenomenon of breakup violence.
More broadly, the grim arithmetic is that, in our life times at the current rate, approximately 100,000 women in the U.S. will lose their lives in similar ways to how Lauren lost hers. Countless more women will face damaging experiences of emotional, sexual and physical abuse.
We are proud to be part of an increasingly strong network of organizations involving women and men committed to reversing and preventing this violent pattern.
Our mission is to promote dynamic educational programs, particularly those in the areas of the development of healthy teen relationships, the arts, and community service.
Wayland High School Mosaic Dedication
On June 16, 2012, Wayland High School unveiled a mosaic celebrating the life of Lauren Dunne Astley. Details are available online here.
As a member of the Wayland High School a cappella group “The Muses,” Lauren Astley sang the solo “Breathless” by The Corrs. Click here to listen.