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Love146's child trafficking and exploitation prevention curriculum.
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Since we started the program...

29654
youth reached by Prevention and Community Education in the US.
1020
facilitators have been trained and certified
313
agencies in the US have been licensed with Not a Number.

About the Curriculum

Not a Number is an interactive child trafficking and exploitation prevention curriculum designed to provide youth with information and skills in a manner that inspires them to make safe choices. Youth learn to identify and utilize healthy support systems that may decrease their vulnerabilities.

Through open conversations, engaging activities, the use of media, and opportunities for self-disclosure, participants will:

  • Raise their awareness of what constitutes human trafficking and exploitation.
  • Learn how to recognize recruitment tactics and understand vulnerabilities.
  • Challenge harmful stereotypes and societal attitudes.
  • Identify healthy support systems.
  • Develop skills to safely navigate potential and existing exploitative situations.
  • Learn how to access community resources when situations occur that increase their vulnerability (or if exploitation is already underway).

What Professionals are saying about not a Number?

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not a number: a spoken word poem

This poem, from acclaimed artist and Love146 board member Alysia Harris, is a part of our prevention curriculum.

what will youth learn in each module?

  • Complete a pre-test assessing their baseline knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and skills as related to human trafficking and exploitation.
  • Define key terms: exploitation, human trafficking, vulnerability.
  • Recognize who can be affected by human trafficking and exploitation, and the strategies that traffickers/exploiters employ to recruit youth.
  • Identify signs and red flags of grooming and recruitment.

  • Analyze how social and cultural norms influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Challenge stereotypes and judgements we make of individuals in society.
  • Understand present laws regarding technology, messaging, and social media use
  • Reject the idea that engaging in risky behavior makes abuse the victim’s fault

  • Define consent.
  • Learn how to recognize unhealthy relationships and build healthy relationships by analyzing examples of both, identifying their characteristics and red flags, and recognizing abusive behavior as abusive.
  • Identify how people utilize technology to build relationships and to abuse and exploit.

  • Identify personal and peer vulnerabilities (e.g., individual, relationship, environment, society) and risk factors.
  • Identify language that can be potentially harmful to one's self and to others.
  • Recognize it is important to acknowledge and communicate one’s specific feelings.
  • Challenge youth to develop healthy language alternatives.
  • Identify recruitment tactics designed to exploit vulnerabilities.
  • Identify individual pressures that may make people vulnerable and more likely to engage in risky behaviors.

  • Know how to locate and use community resources.
  • Create a safety plan for a potentially risky situation.
  • Encourage a peer to seek support should they be experiencing vulnerabilities or abuse/exploitation.
  • Apply safety planning strategies to complex real-world situations.
  • Demonstrate refusal or negotiation skills that avoid or reduce risk.
  • Determine when situations may require adult and/or professional support.

Who is the Intended Audience?

  • The curriculum was developed for youth ages 12-18, is inclusive of all genders, and is designed for applicability across gender, ethnicity, sexual identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • All youth are inherently vulnerable to exploitation. However, youth with high-risk indicators such as involvement with systems (e.g. juvenile justice, child welfare), history of abuse and/or neglect, exposure to violence, risky sexual behavior on and offline will particularly benefit from the knowledge and skills they will develop through the curriculum.
  • The curriculum is designed for primary and secondary prevention and early identification of vulnerabilities and exploitation. While youth who have experienced human trafficking and exploitation may benefit from Not a Number, it is not intended to be used as a primary treatment tool.
  • Not a Number focuses on empowering youth through education. By creating the space for instruction and honest dialogue with young people on topics such as human trafficking, exploitation, abuse, vulnerability, and violence, they gain knowledge and skills to advocate for themselves and others.

How is Not a Number designed to meet the needs of youth?

  • It moves beyond the traditional “information deficit” model and instead encourages peer-to-peer prevention, as youth often confide in one another before alerting an adult. It motivates youth to advocate for themselves and others through an environment that fosters mutual support. It establishes a safe and respectful space for youth and adults to have open and informed dialogue necessary for effective prevention.
  • It prepares youth to navigate content specific to their experiences as young people, including recognizing how the internet and social media can be used by traffickers, questioning the cultural norms created by media, reducing risky behavior in physical and digital setting, and identifying the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
  • It takes a cooperative, holistic approach to young people’s needs focusing on social-emotional abilities, such as empathy, respect, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities.

How was Not A Number Developed?

Not a Number has been developed in consultation with experts in the fields of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, education, and research and evaluation, including:

DR. AMANDA BOZACK, PH.D.

Associate Professor, Education Department, University of New Haven

DR. NANCY NIEMI, PH.D.

Professor and Chair, Education Department, University of New Haven

KIMBERLY CASEY, MPP

Human Trafficking Program Specialist, US Department of Health & Human Services

CAROLINA FUENTES, LMSW, M.DIV.

Consultant, National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center

DAVID FINKELHOR, PH.D.

Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire

LISA JONES, PH.D.

Research Associate Professor, Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire

KIMBERLY MITCHELL, PH.D.

Research Associate Professor, Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire

STEVEN L. PROCOPIO, ACSW, LICSW

Consultant on CSEC Boys/Adolescent Males

The Not a Number curriculum was piloted in Connecticut, Florida, and Texas through Love146, Aspire Health Partners, and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families—reaching over 2,500 youth in schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, residential programs, and other community settings.

BRING NOT A NUMBER TO YOUR COMMUNITY

Are you a professional who works with youth and are interested in learning more about the Not a Number licensing and certification process?

Licensing & Certification

Benefits for certified facilitators

A license includes
  • A three-day training designed to equip staff to facilitate Not a Number and collect the appropriate evaluative data.
  • Training on human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Modeling of Not a Number modules during the training.
  • Coaching on facilitation techniques with diverse settings and appropriate response to disclosures.
  • Not a Number participant teach­-back.
  • One­ year license.
  • Not a Number curriculum book and digital access to all curriculum resources.
  • Access to online monitoring and evaluation app and agency/individual outcome data.
  • Access to quarterly coaching calls on special topics (e.g., victim blaming, sexting, responding to disclosures).
  • Ongoing access to Love146 Prevention Advisory Specialists for coaching and programmatic support.
  • Annual curriculum updates and training.

For additional information on licensing and certification, scheduling a training, or participating in an upcoming regional training:

What does licensing and certification look like?

  • Schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, as well as other youth-serving organizations, are eligible for licensing. Organizations who become licensed can have facilitators complete the three-day Facilitator Certification Training, and be certified to implement the curriculum.
  • Strong candidates for certification, selected by their organizations, are individuals with experience working with at-risk youth in a professional capacity. Individuals with facilitation experience, that have utilized other prevention curricula and have group facilitation as part of their role, are a good fit for certification (e.g., school counselors, teachers, and social workers).
  • To maintain certification, facilitators are required to: implement and submit data that fulfills the obligations based on your license/scholarship agreement; and participate in annual online recertification activities.

What would I need to bring Not a Number to the youth in my organization?

  • A group of 5 to 30 youth.
  • Approximately five 50-minute time blocks. The program can also be taught in four sessions or expanded to six sessions if needed.
  • At least one facilitator per group. Based on your agency’s needs, you may select a Love146 certified facilitator to implement the program or you may obtain a license to utilize the program directly and send a staff member to a training to become certified to administer the curriculum

I'm not eligible for licensing right now, but would still love to see Not A Number in my community. What can I do?

If you’re a parent, caregiver, youth pastor, or other concerned community member, you can share information about Not a Number with eligible schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, and other youth-serving organizations in your area. Additionally, we have resources for those working with youth that aren’t certified facilitators.

licensed locations

These states and agencies are currently licensed for Not a Number. Agencies with contact info may be accepting referrals.

Arizona

Community of Grace

Phoenix, AZ

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StreetLightUSA

Glendale, AZ

Arkansas

River Valley Child Advocacy Center

Russellville, AR

California

Butte County Independent Living Program

Chico, CA

Central Valley Justice Coalition

Fresno, CA

Contact

Children’s Legal Services of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Community Violence Solutions

San Pablo, CA

Youth and Family Programs

Redding, CA

Youth for Change

Chico, CA

Colorado

Adams Youth Services Center

Brighton, CO

Aurora Public Schools

Aurora, CO

Blue Sky Bridge

Boulder, CO

Gilliam Youth Services Center

Denver, CO

Grand Mesa Youth Services Center

Grand Junction, CO

KingsWay Christian Academy

Castle Rock, CO

Contact

Marvin W Foote Youth Services Center

Centennial, CO

Mount View Youth Services Center

Lakewood, CO

Platte Valley Youth Services Center

Greeley, CO

Pueblo Youth Services Center

Pueblo, CO

SafeHouse Denver

Denver, CO

SARA House

Fort Morgan, CO

TESSA

Colorado Springs, CO

Youth Zone

Glenwood Springs, CO

Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center

Colorado Springs, CO

Connecticut

Bridgeport Superior Court for Juvenile Matters and Detention Center

Bridgeport, CT

Clifford Beers

Hartford, CT

Contact

CT Department of Children and Families

Hartford, CT

Contact

Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center

Hartford, CT

Hartford Superior Court for Juvenile Matters and Detention Center

Hartford, CT

Journey House

Willimantic, CT

Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division

Wethersfield, CT

Klingberg Family Centers

New Britain, CT

Contact

Lisa Inc.

Southington, CT

My Sister’s Keeper United LLC

New Britain, CT

NAFI CT Inc/Touchstone

Litchfield, CT

Perfectly Imperfekt

Vernon, CT

Contact

Solnit PRTF

Middletown, CT

United Community & Family Services (UCFS) Healthcare

Norwich, CT

Contact

Wheeler Clinic

Waterbury, CT

Women’s Center of Greater Danbury

Danbury, CT

Women’s Support Services

Sharon, CT

Contact

YWCA New Britain

New Britain, CT

Florida

Ark of Freedom Alliance

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Contact

KRISTI HOUSE, Inc.

Miami, FL

Georgia

Center Point

Gainesville, GA

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

COR

Atlanta, GA

Dekalb County School District

Atlanta, GA

Family Support Circle, Inc

Stockbridge, GA

Contact

Fulton County Schools

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential

Atlanta, GA

Contact

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Atlanta, GA

Icare

Augusta, GA

Illuminate Justice

Columbus, GA

Contact

Marietta City Schools

Marietta, GA

Contact

Micah’s Promise

Columbus, GA

Contact

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Atlanta, GA

Revved Up Kids

Peachtree Corners, GA

Contact

Richmond County Juvenile Court

Augusta, GA

The Mordecai Project

LaGrange, GA

Indiana

Bashor Children’s Home

Goshen, IN

Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center

Avon, IN

Tracy MCDaniel Consultations, LLC

Indianapolis, IN

Youth Opportunity Center – Henry County Campus

Munice, IN

Kansas

Communities in Schools of Mid-America

Topeka, KS

Contact

Seaman USD 345

Topeka, KS

Shawnee County Community Corrections

Topeka, KS

Shawnee County Department of Corrections

Topeka, KS

USD 437

Topeka, KS

Kentucky

Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center

Florence, KY

Louisiana

Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center

Baton Rouge, LA

Child Advocacy Services

Luling, LA

Children’s Advocacy Center Hope House

Covington, LA

Children’s Advocacy Network

Alexandria, LA

Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana

Monroe, LA

Contact

Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center

Shreveport, LA

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana

Shreveport, LA

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Healing Place Serve

Baton Rouge, LA

Hearts of Hope

Lafayette, LA

Hope Awaits

Lafayette, LA

Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services

Ruston, LA

Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response

Baton Rouge, LA

The Wellspring

Monroe, LA

Maine

THRIVE New England

Sanford, ME

Maryland

Board of Child Care

Martinsburg, MD

Contact

Catch Them Young, Inc.

Fort Washington, MD

Contact

Girls Inc of Washington County

Hagestown, MD

Contact

Minnesota

180 Degrees

St. Paul, MN

Anoka County

Anoka, MN

Canvas Health

Oakdale, MN

Contact

Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center

St. Cloud, MN

Committee Against Domestic Abuse

St. Peter, MN

Contact

Cornerstone

Bloomington, MN

Contact

Dakota County Juvenile Services Center

Hastings, MN

DOVE (White Earth Nation)

White Earth, MN

Contact

Free Grace United

Elk River, MN

Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center

Minneapolis, MN

Hmong American Partnership

St. Paul, MN

Life House

Duluth, MN

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Mankato, MN

Contact

Men as Peacemakers

Duluth, MN

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Family Violence Prevention

Onamia, MN

Minneapolis Police Department

Minneapolis, MN

Neighborhood House

St. Paul, MN

North Homes, Inc

Grand Rapids, MN

Olmsted County Juvenile Probation

Rochester, MN

Olmsted County Victim Services

Rochester, MN

Port Group Homes

Brainerd, MN

Prairie Lakes Youth Program

Willmar, MN

Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault

Duluth, MN

Contact

Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center

St. Paul, MN

Sherburne County Area United Way

Elk River, MN

Someplace Safe

Minneapolis, MN

Contact

Southwest Crisis Center

Worthington, MN

Contact

Support Within Reach

Grand Rapids, MN

Terebinth Refuge

Waite Park, MN

Contact

The Hills Youth and Family Services

Duluth, MN

Village Ranch, Inc.

Cokato, MN

White Earth DOVE Program

White Earth, MN

Contact

Women’s Rural Advocacy Program

Marshall, MN

Contact

Wright County Public Health

Buffalo, MN

YMCA Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

Contact

Zimmerman Middle High School

Zimmerman, MD

Mississippi

Methodist Children’s Homes of Mississippi

Jackson, MS

Nebraska

Set Me Free Project

Omaha, NE

Contact

Women’s Fund of Omaha

Omaha, NE

New Hampshire

NH Division for Children, Youth and Families

Concord, NH

New York

Baker Victory Services

Lackawanna, NY

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth

Champlain, NY

Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Niagara Falls, NY

Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District

Canisteo, NY

Chemung County Department of Social Services

Elmira, NY

Child Advocacy Center of Niagara

Niagara Falls, NY

Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

Poughkepsie, NY

Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference

Binghamton, NY

Clinton County Department of Social Services

Plattsburgh, NY

Contact

Clinton County Mental Health

Plattsburgh, NY

Contact

Clinton County Youth Advocate Program

Plattsburgh, NY

Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Incorporated

Niagara Falls, NY

Contact

Crime Victims Assistance Center

Binghamton, NY

Contact

Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services

Millbrook, NY

Family and Children’s Service of Niagara

Niagara Falls, NY

Family Service Society, Inc.

Bath, NY

Contact

Genesee-Orleans County Youth Bureau

Batavia, NY

Hornell Area Concern for Youth

Hornell, New York

Contact

JCCA

Brooklyn, NY

Madison County Department of Social Services

Wampsville, NY

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center

Syracuse, NY

Mount Sinai

New York, NY

Contact

Neighborhood Center

Utica, NY

Contact

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Buffalo, NY

Niagara County Department of Social Services

Lockport, NY

NYC Administration for Children’s Services

New York, NY

OCO Inc

Fulton, NY

Oneida County Child Advocacy Center

Utica, NY

Oswego County Child Advocacy Center

Oswego, NY

People Against Trafficking Humans (P.A.T.H.), Inc.

Depew, NY

Contact

Pivot

Watertown, NY

Contact

Pro Action of Steuben & Yates, Inc.

Bath, NY

Contact

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Penn Yan, NY

Contact

Safe Homes of Orange County

Newburgh, NY

Contact

Safe Horizon

New York, NY

Contact

Safe Inc. of Schenectady

Schenectady, NY

Contact

SCO Family of Services

New York, NY

St. Christopher’s Inc

New Windsor, NY

Contact

Steuben County Department of Social Services

Bath, NY

The Children’s Village

Bronx, NY

The Salvation Army Anew Center

Jamestown, NY

Ulster County Safe Harbour Program

Ulster County, NY

Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Newark, NY

Contact

YWCA of Jamestown

Jamestown, NY

Contact

North Dakota

Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

Fargo, ND

Contact

Ontario

A New Day Youth and Adult Services

Ottawa, ON

Contact

Stepping Stones Foster Care

Ottawa, ON

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Ottawa, ON

Pennsylvania

Eden’s Farm

Pittsburgh, PA

Family Services Incorporated

Altoona, PA

Permission 2 Be Inc.

Drexel Hill, PA

Contact

South Carolina

Grace Church

Greenville, SC

Switch

Greenville, SC

Contact

South Dakota

Beacon Center

Watertown, SD

Call to Freedom

Sioux Falls, SD

South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

Sioux Falls, SD

Texas

Abigail’s Arms Cooke County Family Crisis Center

Gainesville, TX

Arrow Child and Family Ministries (Freedom Place)

Spring, TX

AVDA

Houston, TX

Contact

Aware Central Texas

Belton, TX

BCFS Health and Human Services Common Thread

San Antonio, TX

Beyond Trafficking

Buffalo Gap, TX

Bloesch LLC

Bellaire, TX

Contact

Boys and Girls Club of Central Texas

Nolanville, TX

Contact

CASA of Southeast Texas

Beaumont, TX

Contact

Center for Child Protection

Austin, TX

Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County

Tyler, TX

Contact

Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County

Tyler, TX

Contact

ChildSafe San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

Circle of Living Hope

El Paso, TX

DeWitt County Juvenile Probation

Cuero, TX

El Paso Center for Children

El Paso, TX

El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department

El Paso, TX

Emerald of the Sea

Abilene, TX

Fort Bend Co. Juvenile Probation Dept.

Richmond, TX

Gladney Center for Adoption

Austin, TX

Harold’s House – East Texas Alliance for Children

Lufkin, TX

Contact

Hidalgo County Juvenile Probation Department

Edinburg, TX

Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center

Burnet, TX

Hopewell Supportive Services

Houston, TX

Houston Area Women’s Center

Houston, TX

Contact

Irving Police Department

Irving, TX

NeBOE Connection

Austin, TX

Contact

Noah Project Family Violence Center

Abilene, TX

Paso Del Norte Center of Hope

El Paso, TX

Contact

Project Protect Our Children

Kingwood, TX

Contact

Ransomed Life

San Antonio, TX

Refugee Services of Texas

Austin, TX

Region 20 Education Service Center

San Antonio, TX

Regional Victim Crisis Center

Abilene, TX

SAFE Austin

Austin, TX

Santa Maria ISD

Santa Maria, TX

STARRY

Houston, TX

Contact

Texas Network Of Youth Services (TNOYS)

Austin, Texas

Contact

The Children’s Assessment Center

Houston, TX

The Children’s Shelter

San Antonio, TX

Contact

The Landing

Houston, TX

Contact

The Tejano Center

Houston, TX

Contact

Traffick911

Addison, TX

Contact

TruLight127 Foster & Adopt Ministries

Marion, TX

TX Dept of State Health Services

Lubbock, TX

Unbound BCS

Bryan, TX

UnBound Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX

Contact

UnBound Houston

Houston, TX

UnBound Waco

Bryan, TX

Contact

United Against Human Trafficking

Houston, TX

Contact

Upbring-Foster in Texas

Austin, TX

Victoria County Juvenile Probation

Victoria, TX

Contact

Voice of Hope Lubbock Rape Crisis Center

Lubbock, TX

Contact

Wanda Porter, LLC

San Antonio, TX

Williamson County Child Advocacy Center

Georgetown, TX

YES Prep Fifth Ward

Houston, TX

Yes to Youth

Conroe, TX

Contact

Youth-Reach Houston

Houston, TX

Vermont

South Burlington Police Department

South Burlington, VT

Virginia

Samaritan House

Virginia Beach, VA

Street Ransom

Roanoke, VA

Contact

West Virginia

Crittenton Services, Inc.

Wheeling, WV

Golden Girl, Inc.

Ceredo, WV

New River Ranch

Fayetteville, WV

Contact

Pressley Ridge

Morgantown, WV

She Who Dares Consulting, LLC

Buffalo, WV

Contact

The Children’s Home of Wheeling, Inc.

Wheeling, WV

Contact

Wisconsin

Reach Counseling Services, Inc.

Neenah, WI

Contact

The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse – Wisconsin

Superior, WI

Wyoming

Sweetwater Against Trafficking

Greenriver, WY

Contact

Uprising Wyoming

Sheridan, WY

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