MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Musician Steven Tyler announced today the launch of his new signature philanthropic initiative to help girls who have been abused and neglected: Janie's Fund.
A partnership with private nonprofit Youth Villages, Janie's Fund will raise money and awareness to help Youth Villages provide trauma-informed care and experiential therapies to girls who have histories of being abused and/or neglected.
Tyler's hit song "Janie's Got a Gun," originally released Nov. 8, 1989, was born out of a growing desire to speak up for victims of child abuse. Each year, 1 in 5 girls in the United States experiences sexual abuse.
"As a father and grandfather, I want to focus my energy on things that really matter and leave behind something else in this crazy world along with my music," Tyler said. "I am starting Janie's Fund to give a voice to the millions of victims who haven't had one and encourage everyone to join me on this mission."
Janie's Fund kicks off with "54 days of impact" running from Nov. 8, the 26th anniversary of the release of "Janie's Got a Gun," through the end of the year. Anyone who signs up to support Janie's Fund during these 54 days becomes a founding member of the fund and receives limited-edition merchandise from Tyler. Fans can visit www.Prizeo.com/StevenTyler to become a founding member and register for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Tyler through Prizeo.
The Ultimate Rock Icon Experience with Steven Tyler prize includes walking the red carpet and VIP backstage passes to Tyler's new solo album release party and concert as well as hanging with Tyler before and after the show. In addition, founding members are recognized in perpetuity on www.JaniesFund.org.
Youth Villages will use Janie's Fund to support its work with girls who have been abused and neglected, including in intensive in-home services, residential treatment services, YVLifeSet services for girls aging out of foster care, and experiential therapies such as therapeutic drumming. During the past 10 years, the organization has helped more than 20,000 girls who have experienced abuse and/or neglect and expects to help nearly 4,000 such girls this year in its programs in 12 states and Washington, D.C.
"Youth Villages is thrilled to work with the legendary Steven Tyler to help fulfill his dream of helping these most vulnerable children in our country," said Patrick Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages. "We use the latest science on children's developing brains and what works to help them heal from trauma. We appreciate Steven using his big voice on these girls' behalf."
Tyler, the songwriter and voice of the best-selling American rock band Aerosmith, has been a philanthropist his entire life, performing at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.
For more information, please visit www.JaniesFund.org or call 901-251-5000.
More about Janie's Fund:
Janie's Fund is a philanthropic initiative created by Steven Tyler in partnership with Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Steven first gave voice to this cause with his hit "Janie's Got a Gun," and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come. Janie's Fund has two important goals: to bring much-needed awareness to the issue of abuse and neglect of children and to generate financial support to ensure that girls receive the most effective support available to help them overcome the trauma and pain of abuse. One hundred percent of all donations to Janie's Fund are used to support proven programs at Youth Villages that have demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the trauma of sexual abuse in children and to expand these services to help even more girls. These services incorporate the latest research on developing brains and neuropsychology.
More about Youth Villages:
Founded in 1986, Youth Villages is a leading national nonprofit dedicated to providing the most effective local solutions to help emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. The organization helps more than 23,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Youth Villages' Evidentiary Family Restoration approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing unprecedented accountability to families and funders. www.YouthVillages.org
More about Steven Tyler:
Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter and prolific voice of the best-selling American rock band Aerosmith. Tyler is considered one of music's most recognizable and dynamic frontmen and has been cited by Rolling Stone as "one of the greatest singers of all time." Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, and he has won four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine No. 1 hits, 25 gold, 18 platinum and 12 multi-platinum album certifications, Tyler, along with the rest of his band members, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2013, Tyler was awarded with the Founder's Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards and was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Tyler and Aerosmith recently finished their North America "Let Rock Rule" tour with Slash. Currently, Tyler is working on his upcoming highly anticipated solo project.
SOURCE Youth Villages