Tell Your Friends is a four module, multimedia prevention education curriculum taught in public junior and high school classrooms, after-school programs, youth shelters and group homes.
Through educating high-risk girls and boys about their rights and resources in the classroom, the curriculum both empowers and motivates students with the knowledge, communication skills, and community resources to keep themselves safe from exploitation and trafficking and to become peer educators who will “tell their friends,” families, and communities how to do the same. Using video, drawing, and song, the curriculum is an interactive age-appropriate curriculum that defines what human trafficking is, identifies risk factors teen girls and boys face toward human trafficking, talks about healthy and unhealthy relationships, draws links between intimate partner violence and human trafficking, and provides a citywide resource guide to students that helps them reach us and our 35 community-based partners across the D.C. area.
The curriculum is presented in a fun and interactive way that sparks healthy debates and allows vulnerable teens to learn where they can get help. After every workshop, we pass out note cards where students can anonymously ask questions for us to answer in the next session. Some recent questions we’ve received have been, “What can I do to help a friend who is being hurt and exploited?” and, “I have an older boyfriend who is pressuring me to have sex and do things. Should I tell him I don’t want to or just give in?”
FAIR Girls opened a field office in Baltimore in February 2013 to bring trafficking prevention education to teens in Maryland public schools. So far in 2013, FAIR Girls has educated over 3,000 at-risk youth in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Connecticut to stay safe from trafficking.
If you are interested in partnering with FAIR Girls to educate teens in your community, please contact us about our licensing and partnership opportunities by contacting us firstname.lastname@example.org.