Steven Tyler has started a new philanthropic initiative aimed at helping girls who have been abused and neglected.
Janie's Fund, opened in association with Youth Villages, will raise both money and awareness for the organization to provide trauma-informed care and experiential therapies to girls who have histories of abuse and neglect.
Tyler said "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. 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."
Named after Aerosmith's 1989 song Janie's Got a Gun which was focused on the subject of child abuse. Estimates say each year, 1 in 5 girls in the United States experiences sexual abuse.
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."