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Prevent sex trafficking before it happens by implementing SPEAK UP at your school!
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What are students saying?
“Very educational. I learned a lot.”
“I was a victim of sexual abuse. I wish I got this training earlier.”
“This was mind-blowing. No human being should ever have to experience this.”
“It was good to learn about sex trafficking and sexual abuse because now I know how to stop it.”
"I liked the videos and scenarios in the training."
"Now I want to do what I can to help anyone who has been through this."
What are educators saying?
“This program gives us a framework and language to speak about things we simply did not know how to address. I have seen our students faced with online exploitation, sexual abuse, and even the sugar baby phenomena. Now we have the tools to discuss these dangerous topics with them.”
-PACE Center for Girls
“After our very first training, we had students come forward and we were able to help them get safe.”
-Cesar Roman, Counseling Coordinator
“The content is age-appropriate. The students enjoyed the scenarios the training depicted and were engaged. For schools considering this program, I recommend it. It creates a way to discuss a taboo topic. We have to educate students on how to react should they ever find themselves a victim or a bystander to sexual abuse."
-Nigeria Seabury, Student Behavioral Specialist
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Elizabeth in the fight against human trafficking for many years, including on legislation to help educate students about how to identify the warning signs properly. Elizabeth is a true leader in combatting this form of modern-day slavery and protecting innocent and defenseless children. As schools in Southwest Florida reopen this month, nothing is more important than Foundation United's work to ensure our children are safe from predators.”
-Congressman Vern Buchanan
How SPEAK UP Works
We are passionate about preventing sex trafficking, exploitation, and abuse before it happens. SPEAK UP is our turn-key, "train-the-trainer" model that helps accomplish just that. It is designed for school leaders to easily train their teaching and support staff on awareness and prevention efforts to combat these issues. Teachers are then equipped to bring this critical information to their students.
There are three phases included:
1. Onboarding: School leaders become informed and empowered to train their teams on awareness and prevention techniques. This includes training based upon trauma-informed stewardship and understanding of how to appropriately identify/respond to students who may have experienced abuse.
2. Team Learning: Leaders facilitate a professional development experience for their sites so teachers and staff are informed on awareness and prevention techniques and ready to take students through an awareness and prevention learning experience.
3. Student Learning: Educators implement a learning experience for students which promotes awareness and prevention of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.
This "train-the-trainer" model provides school districts with professional development in a box. By creating a relevant, easy-to-implement, age-appropriate system, SPEAK UP empowers adults and students to be a part of the solution in the fight to end sex trafficking and abuse.
1 out of 9 children are sexually solicited online
1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys are sexually abused
2 million children are sold into sex trafficking every year