chris brown and young girl at jenesse center*Given Chris Brown’s own, well documented domestic violence issues with Rihanna, if this isn’t irony we don’t know what is.

Brown helped bring in the new school year with the Jenesse Center of Los Angeles, a domestic violence intervention and prevention organization. The singer hosted a special Back to School Festival last week in partnership with Jenesse’s youth advocate group, The Change.

“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,” said founder 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.”

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Brown first formed a relationship with the domestic violence center in 2009, when he first learned about the various programs it offered, including counseling and recovery.

Through the Festival, Brown spoke to more than 200 Los Angeles students about dating violence and healthy relationships. He also joined children to paint a special mural for children living at Camp Jenesse.

“There is no denying Mr. Brown’s popularity and the impact that it has on our youth to see him be a part of this conversation. His participation really drives home the message that a person can choose to overcome their past hardships and to work towards a better future, not just for themselves, but for their loved ones and their community.”