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EPISD awarded grant for sexual violence prevention program

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The Office on Violence Against Women awarded a $750,000 grant to the El Paso Independent School District, the district announced Tuesday. The money will go toward existing sexual violence and relationship programs and create new ones.

"This is about talking about sexual violence against young boys (and) young women," EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. "It's something that I'm passionate about."

The Youth Without Violence Collaborative will help students recognize dating violence and prevent it.

"Being able to have a forum about it where we can talk to kids, it will hopefully improve their lives and improve their opportunity to excel in school," Cabrera said.

The district is partnering with the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, the El Paso Child Guidance Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso.

Cabrera said having all these organizations working together will help students.

"We're all focused on kids and we all want to improve the lives of children," Cabrera said.

The grand will be applied to the Andress High School feeder system for the next three years. The project's leaders hope this pilot program can become a model for the rest of the district.

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