Thousands of US minors are victims of trafficking each year. The FBI has rescued over 2,700 kids through their Innocence Lost initiatives in the last few years. They believe they are just scratching the surface. Unfortunately, these numbers are from just one law enforcement initiative and serve as solid indicators that child trafficking and sexual exploitation is an enormous problem in the US.
The Empower Youth Prevention Program is an engaging, multimedia curriculum tool. We utilize film, photography and artifacts to train educators and students in at-risk zip codes to recognize and respond to trafficking and exploitive situations. We interactively answer the questions: What is trafficking? Who is a trafficker? Who are the targets? and What are the tactics? The curriculum confronts root cause vulnerabilities while equipping students to actively respond, resulting in self and peer identification.
We address potential victims as well as emerging pimp and demand culture. The Empower Youth Prevention Program trains and inspires students and educators to sustainably address exploitative situations in their school and surrounding neighborhoods.
There are three aspects of the program. The first is our high school assembly event. Next, we are close to completing a teacher led version for the classroom or small groups. We will wrap up development with a five session unit that can be integrated into a school’s health curriculum or added to existing at-risk youth outreaches.
National Impact - We have engaged over 2,000 students in Colorado and Los Angeles and are working on Detroit, Atlanta and Mexico City. We are targeting strategic cities, schools, and existing at-risk youth programs with a focus on the worst cities for trafficking minors. The program is being evaluated by many of our amazing colleagues who are experts in diverse ways.
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