Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

The Awareness Center, Inc.

  • Skokie, IL
  • http://www.theawarenesscenter.org

This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.


This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission Statement

The Awareness Center, Inc. was originally formed in 1999, yet did not incorporate in the United States until 2003. The Awareness Center is dedicated to ending sexual violence in Jewish communities around the globe. We focus our energies on issues surrounding childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, incest, marital rape, clergy sexual abuse, professional sexual misconduct, sexual harassment in Jewish communities.

Main Programs

  1. 'Narrow Bridge'
  2. The Awareness Center's Web Page
  3. Speakers Bureau
  4. Certification Program
Service Areas

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International

The Awareness Center serves Jewish communities internationally.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

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Ms. Vicki Polin

Keywords

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sexual abuse, sexual assault, child abuse, sexual harassment, professional sexual misconduct, clergy sexual abuse, rabbi, Jewish, yeshiva, kollel, Chedar, victim advocacy, rape

Also Known As

the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault

EIN

56-2380540

 Number

5944739674

Physical Address

PO Box 4824

Skokie, IL 60076

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Jewish (X30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

'Narrow Bridge'

Screening of the film 'Narrow Bridge' and a panel discussion of professionals who specialize in the field of sexual violence and survivors.

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Program 2

The Awareness Center's Web Page

The Awareness Center offers a clearinghouse of information and resources on the internet on issues pertaining to sex crimes in Jewish communities.

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Speakers Bureau

The Awareness Center offers a speakers bureau which offers educational seminars from a mult-disciplined approach.

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Certification Program

The Awareness Center?s 40 hour educational training program is the first part of the certification program designed to teach Jewish Community leaders and other professionals to Support Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence. It is designed to provide rabbis, cantors, educatiors, mental health provider and law enforcement professionals a understanding of the issues and facts.

Topics covered in this educational program include working with survivors of sexual violence, family members, the Jewish community and offenders who perpetrate sex crimes.

At the completion of the 40 hour training each participant will schedule an evaluation interview. Upon completion of the requirements a certificate will be provided

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International

The Awareness Center serves Jewish communities internationally.

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The Awareness Center, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Vicki Polin

BIO

Vicki Polin is the founder and executive director of The Awareness Center. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois and is a Board Certified Art Therapist.  She has an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies from Roosevelt University, and a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In the past Vicki has qualified as an expert witness and provided testimony in juvenile court on cases related to childhood sexual abuse and neglect. She has presented educational and experiential seminars to community groups, universities, and at professional conferences on both a local and national level.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Vicki Polin

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