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).

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not a number: a spoken word poem

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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

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

Arizona

Community of Grace

Phoenix, AZ

Contact

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

Colusa County Department of Health and Human Services

Colusa, CA

North County Lifeline

San Marcos, CA

Contact

San Diego Youth Services

San Diego, CA

Youth for Change

Chico, CA

Colorado

Aurora Public Schools

Aurora, CO

KingsWay Christian Academy

Castle Rock, CO

Contact

Connecticut

Clifford Beers

Hartford, CT

Contact

Community Health Center, Inc

Middletown, CT

Community Health Resources

Norwich, CT

Connecticut Junior Republic

Waterbury, CT

Consolidated School District of New Britain

New Britain, CT

CT Department of Children and Families

Hartford, CT

Family and Children AID

Danbury, CT

Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy 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

NAFI CT Inc/Touchstone

Litchfield, CT

Natchaug Hospital

Mansfield Center, CT

Perfectly Imperfekt

Vernon, CT

Contact

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Florida

Ark of Freedom Alliance

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Contact

Georgia

AGC Services, Inc

Augusta, GA

Contact

B.E.S.T HOMES, INC.

Decatur, GA

Contact

Center Point

Gainesville, GA

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

CHRIS 180

Atlanta, GA

COR

Atlanta, GA

Family Support Circle, Inc

Stockbridge, GA

Contact

Fulton County Schools

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential

Atlanta, GA

Contact

Georgia Cares

Atlanta, GA

Contact

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Atlanta, GA

Marietta City Schools

Marietta, GA

Contact

Micah’s Promise

Columbus, GA

Contact

Miller County Collaborative Family Connection

Colquitt, GA

Contact

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Atlanta, GA

Revved Up Kids

Peachtree Corners, GA

Contact

Iowa

ACCESS

Ames, IA

Contact

Kansas

Ascension Via Christi Hospital

Wichita, KS

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

Louisiana

Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Services

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

Girls Inc of Washington County

Hagestown, MD

Contact

Minnesota

American Indian Community Housing Organization

Duluth, MN

Contact

Canvas Health

Oakdale, MN

Contact

Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center

St. Cloud, MN

Committee Against Domestic Abuse

St. Peter, MN

Contact

DOVE (White Earth Nation)

White Earth, MN

Contact

Hmong American Partnership

St. Paul, MN

Life House

Duluth, MN

Life House

Duluth, MN

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Mankato, MN

Contact

North Homes, Inc

Grand Rapids, MN

Olmsted County Victim Services

Rochester, MN

Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault

Duluth, MN

Contact

Someplace Safe

Minneapolis, MN

Contact

Southwest Crisis Center

Worthington, MN

Contact

Support Within Reach

Grand Rapids, MN

Terebinth Refuge

Waite Park, MN

Contact

Nebraska

Set Me Free Project

Omaha, NE

Contact

New York

Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center

Albany, NY

Contact

Baker Victory Services

Lackawanna, NY

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth

Champlain, NY

Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Niagara Falls, NY

Child Advocacy Center of Niagara

Niagara Falls, NY

Contact

Child Welfare and Community Services

Buffalo, NY

Contact

Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference

Binghamton, NY

Clinton County Department of Social Services

Plattsburgh, NY

Clinton County Mental Health

Plattsburgh, NY

Contact

Clinton County Youth Advocate Program

Plattsburgh, NY

Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Incorporated

Niagara Falls, NY

Contact

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara

Lockport, NY

Contact

Crime Victims Assistance Center

Binghamton, NY

Contact

Delaware County DSS

Delhi, NY

Contact

Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services

Millbrook, NY

Family and Children’s Service of Niagara

Niagara Falls, NY

North Dakota

Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

Fargo, ND

Contact

Youthworks of North Dakota

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

Permission 2 Be Inc.

Drexel Hill, PA

Contact

South Carolina

Switch

Greenville, SC

Contact

Texas

Aliviane, Inc

El Paso, TX

AVDA

Houston, TX

Contact

BCFS Health and Human Services Common Thread

San Antonio & Houston, TX

Bloesch LLC

Bellaire, TX

Contact

Boys and Girls Club of Central Texas

Nolanville, TX

Contact

CASA of Southeast Texas

Beaumont, 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

El Paso Center for Children

El Paso, TX

Emerald of the Sea

Abilene, TX

Fort Bend Co. Juvenile Probation Dept.

Richmond, TX

Girls with Grit

Austin, TX

Contact

Harold’s House – East Texas Alliance for Children

Lufkin, TX

Contact

Houston Area Women’s Center

Houston, TX

Contact

Irving Police Department

Irving, TX

Virginia

Street Ransom

Roanoke, VA

Contact

West Virginia

Board of Child Care

Martinsburg, WV

Contact

Crittenton Services, Inc.

Wheeling, 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

Wyoming

Sweetwater Against Trafficking

Greenriver, Wyoming

Contact

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