THE EMPOWER YOUTH PROGRAM

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Why Teach Exploitation Prevention?

The exploitation of minors is an alarming reality in the United States, and it comes in many forms: Bullying has evolved into an issue with often severe consequences. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by age eighteen. And the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S. is part of a thirty-two billion dollar criminal industry.

Perpetrators of crimes of sexual exploitation view schools as a prime location to recruit new pimps and lure new victims. These youth often have no idea what is really happening to them until it is too late. The purpose of The Empower Youth Program, therefore, is to equip students with strategies to stay safe from exploitation.

Read a survivor’s perspective on why prevention education should be taught in schools.

What is The Empower Youth Program?

The Empower Youth Program is a five-module curriculum that can be used by anyone who provides services directly to youth, such as teachers, youth program directors, counselors, mentors, therapists, and more. It has two chief objectives: to equip youth with personal safety strategies, and to nurture their empathy for others.

By inspiring students to develop empathy for those around them, our curriculum distinguishes itself both as an exploitation prevention tool as well as a character education program with far-reaching transformative potential for your school, classroom, or youth program.

  • Intended for youth aged 12 and up.
  • Five lesson unit comprised of two short films per lesson, discussion questions, classroom activities, and assessment options.
  • Each lesson is 25 minutes in length with optional extension activities up to 60 minutes.
  • Supplemental Friendly: The program can be integrated into existing curricula or existing initiatives.
  • Aligns with Common Core language arts and social studies standards and national standards in health education and counseling.
  • Successfully engages teens through media featuring only youth – not adults – who speak from their real-life experiences of learning to navigate vulnerability.
  • Available via a physical DVD and guidebook package or as a digital resource through this online portal.

WHAT ARE SCHOOLS SAYING ABOUT THE EMPOWER YOUTH PROGRAM?

We have a kid that was a definite bully and a suicide risk, and the Director of the Boys and Girls Club and I saw an immediate change in him. It was like "Okay, that light-switch just got turned on!"

JERRI McTAGGART VICE PRESIDENT, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF CARLSBAD, NM

It was a fun way of learning!

EYP STUDENT WASHINGTON

The Empower Youth Program teaches students life skills necessary to take on some of life's most difficult challenges. The presentations are inspirational and filled with useful advice. The videos share stories of real people with real life experiences that students can connect with. My students have bonded more and supported each other more and gained more trust for each other. Thank you for taking the time to help my students grow emotionally!

TEACHER FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL, CALIFORNIA

I have implemented several curriculums in the past year and never have I seen how engaged and open our students were for this particular topic than I did with The Empower Youth Program.

VANESSA SERRANO YOUTH MINISTRIES DIRECTOR, 7TH STREET CHURCH, CALIFORNIA

I want to thank you for getting us The Empower Youth Program. I am so impressed and I believe EVERY middle school in the country should be doing this program.

BRIDGET LaROCK CSEC ADVOCATE, ESCAPE TO PEACE, WASHINGTON

It made me want to help others without expecting nothing in return.

EYP Student

It taught me to not stay silent about physical abuse.

EYP STUDENT

The Empower Youth Program gave students tools to deal with negative pushes and pulls. We are still working with students using the program tools. This program was just what they needed.

CHERYL HOLMBERG DIRECTOR, CLEAR CREEK ROCK HOUSE

There was one student who realized that a positive person in her life was actually wearing disguises. We helped her to pinpoint better qualities to look for in a positive pull. I have watched teens realize in real time that someone they thought was a positive pull was actually negative. They are also realizing the long term affects of negative pushes and the consequences that come with that. Such a phenomenal tool for working with vulnerable youth!

POLLY DEAN CO-FOUNDER, THE NEW COLOSSUS

I want to use this program to reach communities at risk for exploitation and trafficking, especially young men, to empower them to be a voice of empathy in their communities. To do it in a way that's proven to have success is a great way to proceed.

MICHAEL HERNANDEZ YOUTH OUTREACH COORDINATOR, UNBOUND FORT WORTH

The most helpful part of this program was understanding how empathy can make huge changes to our world. I also learned how to stay safe when I am feeling vulnerable and how to see through disguises that people have who may try to take advantage of me.

EYP STUDENT COLORADO