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Help us stop sex trafficking before it happens by teaching children to S.P.E.A.K. UP!
Parents who are aware of this issue and how to prevent their children being victimized are vital to ending sex trafficking and the sexual abuse of children. If you have been awakened to this issue and want to dive deeper to build a generational legacy of freedom for your family, get your copy of Groomed by Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good, The Foundation United & Free With E CEO/Founder.
We are passionate about preventing sex trafficking, exploitation and abuse before it happens. S.P.E.A.K. Up (Student Prevention Education & Advocacy for Kids) is our turn-key, "train-the-trainer" model that provides school systems with a top down approach ensuring all faculty and staff are educated on how to protect students and recognize the red flags. We are empowering students and adults to speak up against exploitation and abuse. Curricula for K-12th grade students, from our expert network partners across the country, is available so that every child knows the power of their voice and how to stay safe.
Our National Education Curriculum Team has developed and piloted this comprehensive learning tool. It is designed for school leaders to easily train their teaching and support staff on awareness and prevention efforts to combat sex trafficking and sexual abuse. Teachers will then be equipped to bring this critical information to their students. This professional learning tool is designed as a "train-the-trainer" tool and includes all necessary information to teach all faculty/staff and K-12th grade students.
There are three phases included:
Onboarding: School leaders become informed and empowered to train their teams on awareness and prevention techniques.
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.
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 is essentially providing school districts with professional development in a box. They will be independently guided through raising awareness and increasing prevention for their student population. By creating a relevant, easy to implement, age-appropriate system, S.P.E.A.K. Up empowers adults and students to be a part of the solution in the fight to end sex trafficking and abuse. We are proud to partner with Operation Underground Railroad to expand this program globally!
The Foundation United is proud to have Rachel Thomas as our Prevention Global Ambassador, adding The Cool Aunt Series: Sex Trafficking Prevention for Teens to our Prevention Pillar. The Cool Aunt Series is more than an online course, it's an experience which can be done from the comfort of your home using any smart device. Using engaging and age-appropriate cinema, storytelling, lecture and questions, the series walks teens through the STREAMS of Influence- - the 7 risk factors that lead to sex trafficking: Survival, Trafficker, Recruiter, Environment, Abuse, Media, Solicitation. After the series, teens have the opportunity to self-assess their risk factors and get 1-on-1 help if needed. The Cool Aunt Experience has been called "powerful", "amazing", "fun", and "life-saving" by teens, caregivers, and anti-trafficking experts. This series includes resources for parents and teens.
Rachel Thomas is a graduate of UCLA and a personal survivor of human trafficking. She has extensive experience teaching, training, curriculum writing, public speaking and mentoring. As director of Sowers Education Group and lead author of Ending The Game: An Intervention Curriculum for Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Rachel has helped millions to become more aware of human trafficking and has helped hundreds of survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the lifestyle of commercial sexual exploitation. Rachel is also an appointed to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.
Kayla Stern is The Cool Aunt Series Youth Ambassador. She is an international model and powerful voice against human trafficking. As a college freshman, Kayla has led many human trafficking prevention events for her peers and works to empower college campuses to prevent and take action against sex trafficking.
1 out of 9 children are sexually solicited online
1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys are sexually abused