In October 2019, the Teach2Reach team was awarded a grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC) to support the implementation of the Teach2Reach program and response protocol in Youth Development Centers and Residential Programs across North Carolina. Our team will be training school personnel and staff on sex trafficking and supporting youth, delivering outreach to youth, and providing crisis services and referrals to youth who disclose sex trafficking. This funding will support the team in their work through 2021. Thank you to the GCC for their support!
Since the award, the team has been busy refining educator and social worker training materials, as well as integrating stakeholder feedback into the curriculum. Understanding that schools have varying needs and capacities, the team is also creating multiple versions of the curriculum. Schools can then choose the version which best fits the needs of their educators and students.
We’ve recently finished collecting data from organizations across the United States who are educating youth about sex trafficking. We look forward to sharing findings from this survey soon! We will be including a program matrix for people who are interested in learning more about each of the specific programs as well as overall findings on the state of existing ST programs.
We are still in the process of surveying North Carolina Principals and Superintendents and hope to close out the survey in April 2018. Please be on the lookout for email and telephone reminders.
Dr. Martin and Dr. Rizo provided project updates to the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission on February 22, 2018.
We have closed our survey of alternative school principals and are writing up findings from our surveys of traditional school principals, alternative school principals, and superintendents. We look forward to sharing more information about what principals are thinking about implementing programs to teach youth about sex trafficking and protocols to identify students at risk soon!
We received funding from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to expand our work into North Carolina alternative schools starting October 2017.