Announcing Mini-grant Funding for Projects in Effective Teen Relationships & Violence Prevention, the Arts, and Community Service
Following the success of past years, The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund is offering an exciting program to fund small projects in three areas: Effective Teen Relationships & Violence Prevention, the Arts, and Community Service.
In Lauren’s spirit and memory, grants of up to $2,000 are now available for individuals and groups with dynamic project ideas in any of the above areas. Creative initiatives designed to have an impact even in these socially-distant times are especially encouraged.
Interested parties are invited to complete an online application by January 31, 2021. New applicants encouraged! The application form is online here.
Keep on sparkling!
Announcing a new video featuring Lauren’s friends, family and specialists thoughtfully discussing the meaning of her murder in our culture and patterns of gender abuse, as well as warning signs and prevention.
Watch Escaping Breakup and Relationship Violence, 9 minutes at https://youtu.be/tNGIvHaVGLU
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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.