AND LAUNCH S.P.E.A.K. UP at your school

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Learn how to connect with schools in your community about launching S.P.E.A.K. Up.

frequently asked questions

What is SPEAK UP? ​

S.P.E.A.K. UP is a turn-key, train the trainer model that provides school systems with a top-down approach ensuring all faculty and staff will be educated on how to protect students and recognize the red flags and includes an evidence-based curriculum for K-12th grade students. Your school will receive personal coaching*, an easy-to-implement curriculum, and be nationally recognized as a participant in our National Pilot Program in partnership with University Partners: Yale University and Michigan State University.

How can I launch SPEAK UP at my school?

If you're interested in launching this program at school(s) in your community, please contact us! Our team would love to learn more about your school. We would be honored to connect with you and your school's leadership to share more about how S.P.E.A.K. Up can prevent sex trafficking and protect students. 

If you would like to share more with your school, click here to download our S.P.E.A.K. Up. informational invitation packet.

Why is SPEAK Up needed at my school? 

It is imperative that we unite to create a shield of protection for every student. We offer this incredible opportunity to you due to the undeniable fact that students are at risk of exploitation and abuse more than ever.

  • COVID-19 has exacerbated risk factors and sex trafficking cases nationally.

  • Sex trafficking has been reported in every single state.

  • One out of nine children is approached online by a predator.

  • One out of three girls and one out of five boys are sexually abused.

  • Federal laws are underway which require Human Trafficking Prevention Education in public schools for grades K-12 (S.2136 & H.R. 5150). We are partnering with select schools that will lead the way in adhering to this new mandate before any noncompliance measures take effect.



What grades is SPEAK UP created for?

This professional learning tool is designed as a “train the trainer” turn-key tool to teach all faculty/staff and K-12th grade, students.

How long does it take to implement SPEAK UP?

S.P.E.A.K. Up is designed with educators in mind. More than ever, there is an inordinate demand for time and resources at schools. Faculty, staff, and even students are now being presented with an array of diverse issues and challenges. This program aims to be easy to implement and lasting in impact.

  • Professional Development: estimated 2-3.5 hours of instructional time for faculty/staff.

  • Leaders will need an additional 1.5-2 hours of preparation.

  • Student-facing portion: 2-4 class periods or roughly 3.5-4 hours.

How much does this program cost?

We are strategically selecting a small number of programs to partner with us for free during our national pilot for the 2022-2023 school year.

How is success measured in SPEAK UP?

Your school will be nationally recognized as a participant in our National Pilot Program in partnership with University Partners: Yale University and Michigan State University. Once the national pilot study is complete, your school will have quantifiable data encompassing pre-and-post-training understanding of powerful and appropriate prevention techniques. Ultimately, S.P.E.A.K. Up will make your school safer and more competent in protecting your students.

What additional resources are available to school staff, families, and students?

The Foundation United's goal is to be sensitive to educators and students throughout this program and offer ongoing support calls and additional resources. Our team provides partnering schools with a safe, experienced, third-party network of resources to help them process what may come up for them personally as they lead S.P.E.A.K. Up. This is provided free of charge for partnering schools.

We provide families with The Cool Aunt Series as a resource at home. The Cool Aunt Series is more than an online course, it's an experience that can be done from the comfort of home using any smart device. Using engaging and age-appropriate cinema, storytelling, lecture, and questions, the series walks teens and parents 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.