The Take On Program is WA Engage's latest initiative targeting vulnerable youth involved in the juvenile court system - many of whom have experienced trafficking first-hand or are at the highest risk for exploitation. The program harnesses the power of youth to take on the fight against human trafficking.
The pilot project, Take On Olympia, has been developed in partnership with the Thurston County Juvenile Court and financed by the Nisqually Tribe Charitable Fund and the Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking (TCCAT). The program was launched in 2015.
HOW IT WORKS
The program entails two components:
1) Management and staff training on identifying the signs of human trafficking in detention and probation youth passing through the juvenile court system, with a focus on development of a strong response protocol.
2) Implementation of a youth trafficking prevention program where community and court staff are trained as workshop facilitators. The youth program selected is Trafficking Prevention for Schools, an adaptation of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation curriculum, that focuses on engaging youth as allies in the fight against human trafficking. Youth housed at the juvenile detention center, youth engaged in the probation system, and also civil (community) youth identified as high risk, will attend the workshops.
The Take On Program focuses on building capacity within the juvenile court systems so that ultimately all programs are sustainable and can be operated in-house on a time schedule that meets the needs of juvenile court staff and the youth served.
For further information on WA Engage’s Take On Program, or to request training at your facility or detention center, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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