39 Days of IDEAS | Day 11: Bringing Teens to the Table
With a mission to end child sex trafficking, youthSpark knows that one of the big hurdles a nonprofit like theirs faces is the relative invisibility of the issue—especially among the most critical-to-reach population of all, the children and teens at risk. “We realized that, if we want to end child sex trafficking, we had to stop talking about kids and start talking to them,” said Program Coordinator Allison Hood. “With 12 to 14 years being the average age a child is first victimized [by trafficking], it is critical that we educate and empower teenagers around this issue.”
That’s how youthSpark got the idea to start clubs at three Atlanta high schools, establish an annual Teen Ambassador Training event bringing together youth from across Atlanta, and empower teens with opportunities to take the lead—like their high school intern Suraj Sehgal, who had the idea to start a teen e-newsletter for the nonprofit, and became its first editor-in-chief.
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