Chris Brown Supports Jenesse For Back to School, Talks Making Believers Proud

Chris Brown is doing his part to give back to the youth. The Grammy winner joined Jenesse and its youth advocate group, The Change, for a special Back to School Festival on Wednesday (September 5) to support Jenesse kids. During the event, which drew children and their parents impacted by domestic violence, Brown bonded with the families on a one-on-one basis in the fun-filled environment.

Following the 2009 incident with then ex-girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown formed a relationship with Jenesse by “visiting and learning about Jenesse services and programs from Jenesse staff, spending time with Jenesse families, and over the years supporting the Jenesse Youth Education program through computer donations, financial contributions and concert tickets for kids.”

“It is our focus on family violence and its impact on youth that compelled us to open our hearts and our doors to Chris Brown and his mother, Joyce Hawkins,” states Jenesse CEO Karen Earl. Chris and his mom have spent many quiet hours at our facilities, no cameras, no special attention or entourages – they just came to learn. Jenesse is thankful to Chris for spending time with our youth and celebrating the end of summer and returning back to school.”

In addition to the back to school festival, Brown also sponsored The Change Youth Conversations event during the summer. The event, which drew more than 200 teenagers, was aimed at topics around dating violence and healthy relationships.

“It’s in my heart to show my fans, my friends and family and the families at Jenesse who stood by me, that they were right to give me another chance,” says Brown. “I’m working hard to make them proud.”

Jenesse Center is a national non-profit domestic violence intervention and prevention organization that provides a holistic, comprehensive program to nurture victimized families back to a place of mental, financial, physical and emotional well-being. The Change is Jenesse’s national youth organization which conducts community outreach with an emphasis on conflict resolution strategies, peer-to-peer advocacy and mentorship in a fresh way that appeals to young people.

To learn more about Jenesse Center or The Change, visit

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