What We Do

What does the Kristin Mitchell Foundation do?

The mission of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation is to support educational efforts that raise awareness among young adults about the dangers of unhealthy dating relationships.

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April 19, 2015. This Was An Exciting 9th Kristin’s Krusade!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Our ninth Kristin’s Krusade 5K Run/Walk came off wonderfully under a sunny April 19th sky. The enthusiasm for this event and this cause has never been greater.

zz-LOGO-1 copy 2This run/walk was the culmination of a year-long effort by the Kristin Mitchell Foundation to bring out more SJU students than any previous year.

Bill Mitchell, president of the foundation, said, “We came to the campus and spoke out against dating violence several times. We also asked the student body to participate in our event because of the way it brings great awareness to the whole issue of this form of violence.”

The Kristin’s Krusade 5K Run/Walk was directed this year by board member Patty Mark, who has been with the organization for six years. Patty joined KMF because there were so many of the best parts of her life were so similar to Kristin’s. Also helping to drive participation were members of SJU’s REPP and ENACTUS teams.

The Alpha Phi sorority attended in full force. Many are pictured in the photo below (left), which also shows Kristin Mitchell’s brother (David), father (Bill) and mother (Michele).

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 7.18.43 AMThe coordination between the Bryn Mawr Racing Company and Saint Joseph’s University’s staff was smooth because they have set up and run the race portion in years past. The SJU women’s track coaches (Kevin Quinn, Al Pendleton) helped from start to finish. “They take a personal interest in every facet of our event,” said Mr. Mitchell. “They understand our cause and give us their full attention throughout. Don DiJulia never misses our event – I have see him here at every Kristin’s Krusade since our first in 2006.”

Congratulations to our race winners! And thanks to Philadelphia Runner for supplying great prizes for our top three runners:

Women’s race winners
1st: Benedetta Marra, 2nd: Alexa Scheider, 3rd: Margot Merrill. 

Men’s race winners
1st: Andrew McCarthy, 2nd: Robert Moore, 3rd: Brian Lafferty. 

The full list of participants in our run can be found here. So that there is no confusion, if you go to this site, you will see all of our runners — and some walkers too!!! Times are displayed for all those on this list. It does not distinguish the two groups.

For three years, Q102′s talk show host, Loraine Ballard Morrill, and her team joined us to provide great music (and great people to play it). Over the years, Q102 has invited Kristin Mitchell Foundation members on air to discuss Kristin Mitchell’s tragedy, and how it might have been avoided. Q102 was Kristin’s favorite radio station.

zz-MICHELEThose who participated felt the investment of time and focus was worth it. They went home filled with greater interest in the dating violence cause.

As an awareness event, the effects of message behind Kristin’s Krusade will last a lifetime. We know many individuals who have learned the warning signs and avoided tragedy.

The funds derived from this event will go towards grants the foundation creates that help domestic violence agencies perform hands-on activities with DV victims and potential victims. There is also the Kristin M. Mitchell ’05 Scholarship that is awarded to a deserving SJU student who has devoted time and resources to helping in the dating violence issue.

The foundation wishes to thank everyone who attended for giving this cause all you’ve got. The foundation, its friends, and the Mitchell family appreciate your participation. We are certain Kristin is proud of every one of us. We know we are saving lives.

 

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Registration Climbing for 2015 Kristin’s Krusade 5K Run/Walk. Sign Up Now!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Why wait? You can sign up now for our next Kristin’s Krusade 5K Run/Walk. It’s taking place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 (10AM) at Saint Joseph’s University.

SIGN UP HERE !

zz-LOGO-This is our 9th annual Kristin’s Krusade event, and we’re looking forward to having great participation from Saint Joseph’s students, faculty, friends and family. You don’t need to be an athlete to participate, we have more walkers than runners. 

And we need you! 

Join us at this gathering of concerned people who intend to help others by putting a stop to dating violence in our lifetime. We have seen what education and participation can do to help, and often save lives. Kristin’s Krusade is our best way of gaining awareness for this cause, and we need you here with us.

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Bill Mitchell, father of slain alumna, spoke at Saint Joseph’s last evening.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The president of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation, Bill Mitchell, returned to Saint Joseph’s Cardinal Foley Center, and spoke about dating violence awareness and Kristin’s Krusade 5K Run/Walk. The turnout far exceeded all expectations with about 175 students in attendance.

MitchellMr. Mitchell is the father of Kristin Mitchell, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2005.  The key points of his speech were what happened to his daughter and the reasons why this might not have happened had she been better informed about the potential danger she was in.

Spearheaded by both the SJU Enactus and REPP students, this speaking event aligned perfectly with Saint Joseph’s iCare Week. Participants had the opportunity to hear Mr. Mitchell speak about the critical warning signs that could have saved his daughter. He also gave real examples of young women who were in harm’s way but were able to get timely help.

One section of the speech the audience found most-chilling was when he read the actual words written by the young woman who had dated his daughter’s killer just prior to his daughter, Kristin. He also read parts of a letter written by his daughter’s murderer, who is currently in a state prison.

zz-LOGO-5Bill Mitchell characterized dating violence, also known as intimate partner violence, as “a widespread epidemic of pain and suffering that leads to a lifetime of broken dreams.” He described how this kind of abuse is centered on the control the abuser maintains over the abused. Of particular note was that breaking up with a controlling person is “the most dangerous time,” and that everyone deserves a healthy relationship, safe from violence and fear.

Mr. Mitchell felt the speech was timely due the recent tragedy at nearby Millersville University. “I was honored to be asked to make these kinds of speeches. Inevitably, we later hear that something we said touched someone and made a huge difference in their life. I feel our daughter would want us to do these speeches, and we are pleased to do them.” The Kristin Mitchell Foundation’s mission is to support educational efforts that raise awareness among young adults about the dangers of unhealthy dating relationships.

zz-LOGO-5Enactus and REPP students handed out pocket-sized warning signs cards provided by the Kristin Mitchell Foundation, that explain many of the red flags of an unhealthy relationship. The cards list hotline numbers to 24-hour advice or immediate assistance.

“It does our hearts good to see such a large group come out on a night like this,” said Mr. Mitchell, “My wife and I came here tonight feeling very excited to break the silence about dating violence. The way the students embraced this message lets us know they will take this to their friends and family members, and most-likely save someone’s life. It is our daughter’s legacy that her tragedy will help others avoid another such an incident.” Mr. Mitchell encouraged students to sign up for the upcoming 9th Annual Kristin’s Krusade which is held less than two months from now on April 19th. You can sign up on this website today.

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KMF Grant Helps to Educate Student Body of Notre Dame of Maryland University

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND –  In 2013, Notre Dame of Maryland University was awarded a grant from the Kristin Mitchell Foundation to aid their efforts to educate the student body (approximately 450 undergraduate women) about safe and healthy dating.

NDMU LOGO 3In April 2013, they began their campaign with a poster campaign called “Violence Against Women is…..” NDMU community members were asked to finish the sentence and posters were created and hung throughout campus (pictures included). One-hundred faculty, staff, administration and students participated in the campaign to empower students to make healthy decisions in regards to relationships.

z  self defense 14 4 copyDuring February 2014, the Office of Campus Ministry and Service, in collaboration with the Office of Residence life and TurnAround, Inc. planned a “Love is….” program to promote positive self-love and offer a space for open dialogue for NDMU’s upper class students.

In April 2014, NDMU held a self-defense class and demonstration for 40 students. The program’s goals were to teach students basic self-defense techniques as well as learn to own their space and voice.

z  tbtn 13 2 copyAlso in April 2014, NDMU held its 3rd Annual Take Back the Night Rally. They said they were honored to have Bill and Michele Mitchell in attendance to share their daughter’s story. Mr. Mitchell spoke before a group of students at this important event. It was followed by a candlelight vigil around the campus.

z  tbtn 13 3 copyThe Office of Campus Ministry and Service created brochures for students that outline the University’s policies, procedures and reporting guidelines in the event an incident occurred on campus. The goal was to provide students with all the necessary information and resources they needed to keep themselves safe and healthy.

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Foundation Does Keynote at Baltimore’s Annual Domestic Violence Conference.

LUTHERVILLE, MARYLAND –  The 8th Annual Domestic Violence Conference “In Plain Sight,” sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Social Services, was held Friday, September 19th, at the North Baltimore Plaza Hotel. The all-day conference was attended by healthcare practitioners, counselors and law enforcement officials. The focus was a list of issues including sexual violence, sex trafficking, and the changing face of domestic violence.

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The keynote speaker for the event was Bill Mitchell, president of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation. Mr. Mitchell is the father of Kristin Mitchell, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2005.  The key points of his speech covered what happened to his daughter, and the reasons why this might not have happened had she been better informed about the potential danger she was in.

The conference of over 200 participants heard Mr. Mitchell speak out for an hour about the critical warning signs that could have saved his daughter. He gave examples of young women who were in harm’s way but were able to either get help or break free.

One section of the speech the audience found most chilling was when he read the actual words written by the young woman who had dated his daughter’s killer just prior to Kristin. She wrote, “When I eventually got out, I was a shell of who I was. My parents put me in therapy, but as I said there are certain things I still haven’t gotten back. I still see the ‘flaws’ that he used to point out. I don’t think I will ever fully recover from what he did, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try my hardest every day.”

Oct-15-2Bill Mitchell described dating violence, also known as intimate partner violence, as “a widespread epidemic of pain and suffering that leads to a lifetime of broken dreams.” He also described how this kind of abuse is all about the control the abuser maintains over the abused. Of particular note was that breaking up with a controlling person is the most dangerous time. He said that everyone deserves a healthy relationship, safe from violence and fear.

Mr. Mitchell felt the speech was well-received. There were many questions at the end, and the reactions were very positive. “I am happy to do these speeches. Inevitably, we hear something later on about how something that was said touched someone and made a huge difference,” he said. “It is what I feel our daughter would want us to do, so we are pleased to do it.” The Kristin Mitchell Foundation’s mission is to support educational efforts that raise awareness among young adults about the dangers of unhealthy dating relationships.

warning signs  USEThe Kristin Mitchell Foundation handed out hundreds of pocket-sized cards that explain many of the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship. The cards also list hotline numbers and websites that direct people to 24-hour advice and immediate assistance.

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Apply for Grant funding through the Kristin Mitchell Foundation

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Kristin Mitchell Foundation (KMF) provides grant funding for projects that raise awareness among young adults and teens about Dating Violence Prevention.

Funding proposals, submitted as an electronic application (PDF), are accepted on an on-going basis. Grant awards will be determined by the KMF Board of Directors. Proposals will be given consideration during September (for projects beginning in winter or spring semesters), and during March (for projects beginning in the summer or fall semesters).

Preference is given to projects designed to raise awareness among college-aged young adults.  However, proposals will also be considered for projects designed to reach high school students.

Proposals submitted for consideration in September must be received by August 15th.  Proposals submitted for consideration in March must be received by February 15th.

The funding application is available at this link: KMF Grant PDF.

Save this Funding Application to your computer – then fill it out. Also, be sure you save your application to your computer before you email it to us.

Finished forms should be emailed to the Kristin Mitchell Foundation at: kristinskrusade@gmail.com.

The Board of Directors of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation

• Bill Mitchell, President

• Michele L. Mitchell, M.Ed., Treasurer and Secretary

• Patty Mark, Committee Chair

• Stephanie M. Groeber, Co-founder

• Beth E. Sturman, Exec. Director of Laurel House

• Richard J. George, Ph.D.

• George Latella, MBA

• Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Ph.D.

• Bob Teti, CPA