Ampersand Announces Interim Executive Director

For Immediate Release – December 7th, 2018 Yancy Ackerman, yancyack@gmail.com Taryn Henning named as Interim Executive Director of Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass     Ampersand’s Board of Directors has named Taryn Henning as the Interim Executive Director during our search for a new Executive Director. “The Board has great faith in

Collaborate for Culture Change

December is often a season of nonprofit competition disguised as season of giving. We want to shake things up. The GoodGiving Challenge starts TODAY and this is our organization’s first go at the challenge as Ampersand. To achieve Ampersand’s vision: freedom from sexual violence, we need you. Our vision cannot be achieved without you. There

On “#meToo”

In 2007, Tarana Burke founded a non-profit organization to help victims of sexual violence.  Her mission was propelled by the phrase she coined: me too.  She sought out resources and support for victims that she had struggled to find previously.  Over a decade later, her words became a movement.   As I was preparing my

Revolutionary Joy

Ampersand staff, board and supporters, As we have recently heard the news that our president’s arrival in town for a speaking engagement in Richmond may have an impact on how our event runs on Saturday night, it feels important to acknowledge this and to get on the same page in our response.  We are preparing

A Good Start Is: “I Believe You.”

As I sat and watched Mr. Terry Crews testify before a senate judicial committee to advocate for a survivor’s bill of rights for all 50 states, I want to thank him profusely for his strength. So many people have questioned him as to why he didn’t use his physical strength to fight back and what

Resources for Trans Individuals

A survivor’s identity changes their ability to access the resources intended for them. Without intentionally reaching out and making spaces that are inclusive to those who have marginalized identities, there are large groups of people who won’t get access to vital services. The LGBTQ+ community has been frequently left out, and there is one letter

What’s Your Green Dot?

Hi Y’all! I’m Jordon Tate, the prevention coordinator at Ampersand and with my role I work with middle school and high school students teaching them about how to become an active bystander through a program called Green Dot! Throughout the program, students are encouraged to identify their role as a bystander in ending power-based personal

We’re All Learners Here

I was one of those kids that liked school. Gross, right? But I loved the whole set-up: the books, the syllabi, the intense and uncomfortable testing. I wanted to learn about anything, studying Latin one day, geology the next, and art history the day after. So, it’s probably not terribly surprising that when I reached

How We Decided Our Brand Just Wasn’t Who We Are Anymore.

How We Decided Our Brand Just Wasn't Who We Are Anymore Just like any other nonprofit, what we do is ever-evolving, absorbing pieces of popular culture and politics and social changes. Starting out as The Women’s Center of Lexington, the founders of this agency were determined to fill in a canyon where services

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