“The curriculum was developed using the most current information in the field of child exploitation. Connecticut is fortunate to have Love146 as a true partner in its efforts to eradicate child exploitation.”
Tammy Sneed, Director of Gender Responsive Adolescent Services, State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families
“Not a #Number is a curriculum that providers need to embrace in their work with youth, knowing that education and intervention is the key to combat this epidemic of human trafficking.”
Steven Procopio, ACSW, LICSW, Consultant on CSEC, OVC/TTAC Consultant/Trainer
“I managed to get away. I made an excuse and got out of there as fast as I could… Because of what we’ve talked about at Not a #Number, I paid closer attention and knew to trust my gut…”
A youth reached by Not a #Number
Not a #Number is an interactive, five-module prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Not a #Number uses a holistic approach focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities.
Effective prevention often starts by raising awareness of harmful stereotypes and attitudes that create vulnerabilities and keep youth from seeking help.
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 is relevant to a variety of populations and has been embraced by schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, and other youth- serving organizations. Not a #Number will fit well within a health education or life skills program, as well as history lessons that draw connections between historical and modern-day slavery, current events addressing violence, and social movements. It can also be used as part of an after-school or community program or to complement other psychoeducational efforts in existing therapeutic programming or services.
The curriculum was developed for youth ages 12-18, including male, female, and youth that identify as LGBTQ. Not a #Number is applicable across gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Youth with high-risk indicators such as low socioeconomic status, history of abuse and/or neglect, exposure to violence, risky sexual behavior online and offline, history of alcohol or substance abuse, and mental health diagnosis will particularly benefit. While youth who have experienced human trafficking and exploitation may benefit from Not a #Number, the curriculum is designed for prevention and early identification for vulnerabilities and exploitation. It is not intended to be used as a primary intervention tool.
Youth are at risk of being trafficked or exploited in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Not a #Number is designed to reach at-risk youth in schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, and other youth-serving organizations.
The need to address the issue has risen to the highest levels of our government.
“School personnel are uniquely positioned to identify and report suspected abuse and connect students to services—actions that can prevent trafficking and even save lives,” the U.S. Department of Education stated in its 2015 guide Human Trafficking in America’s Schools.
Likewise, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children, Youth and Families noted the importance of improving prevention and education within the child welfare system. “Many trafficked children have had contact with child protection services in some degree,” a 2013 report states. “In some cases they may even have been recruited and victimized by traffickers while they were receiving these services. Therefore child welfare caseworkers can help prepare vulnerable groups of youth to better protect themselves from potential traffickers and recognize potentially risky situations.” This is true of other systems and services as well – such as the juvenile justice system or programs for at-risk youth.
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:
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.
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