The Take On: Youth Empowerment Program aims to empower youth and the caring adults in their lives; transforming young people from “bystanders into allies” and encourages them to “take on” the issue of human trafficking in their community.
The “4-Phase” program was developed for schools and youth-serving agencies (e.g. Juvenile Detention Centers and after-school programs) as a comprehensive strategy for personnel, parents and young people to be equipped to adequately respond to human/sex trafficking in an ongoing way:
Phase 1: Train school or youth-serving agency personnel to identify signs of trafficking, respond effectively and to work to prevent exploitation
Phase 2: Host family/parent nights at each school or agency to raise awareness and show a preview of the materials
Phase 3: Train and coach program facilitators selected from school or youth-serving agency personnel. These facilitators will then lead the anti-trafficking program to educate youth about sexual exploitation while challenging them to become an empathetic ally in the fight against trafficking
Phase 4: Youth Led Activities, a new component which expands upon the Take On program young people have experienced with a built-in leadership opportunity to create an event or awareness campaign within their school or community
Program reaches young people in Yakima, Pierce, and Thurston Counties with a total of 38 trained facilitators in schools and youth-serving agencies!
Comprehensive (3-Phase Training) Pilots in Yakima School District and Thurston County Juvenile Detention Center (TCJDC)
Training of 16 Take On Facilitators in Pierce and Thurston County youth-serving agencies
Training within 5 new school districts in Pierce and Thurston Counties, and more to come! Yakima and the TCJDC programs continue
"I know by bringing this amazing program to our school district, we will empower our students to assist our community to keep our children safe." - Yakima School District Administrator
"The opportunity to partner with WA Trafficking Prevention has been powerful on so many levels and their education program will be a staple with our youth." - Juvenile Probation Counselor, Thurston County Juvenile & Family Court
For further information on WTP's Take On Program, or to request training at your school or youth-serving organization, please contact our Program Director, Brenna Doyle at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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