The Empower Youth Program by iEmpathize

Why Teach Exploitation Prevention?

The exploitation of minors is an alarming reality in the United States, and it comes in many forms: Bullying has evolved into an issue with often severe consequences. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by age eighteen. And the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S. is part of a thirty-two billion dollar criminal industry. Perpetrators of crimes of sexual exploitation view schools as a prime location to recruit new pimps and lure new victims. These youth often have no idea what is really happening to them until it is too late. The purpose of The Empower Youth Program, therefore, is to equip students with strategies to stay safe from exploitation.

Read a survivor’s perspective on why prevention education should be taught in schools.

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What is The Empower Youth Program?

At the heart of our curriculum is the concept of empathy. Empathy is the solution to issues of exploitation because it involves taking an active response to the suffering of others. By inspiring students to develop empathy for those around them, our curriculum distinguishes itself as an exploitation awareness tool as well as a character education program with far-reaching transformative potential for your school, classroom, or youth program.

Learn more about what distinguishes The Empower Youth Program from other programs.

What are schools saying about The Empower Youth Program?

Program Features

  • Flexibly designed for environments ranging from traditional academic classrooms to after-school youth programs to individual counseling sessions.
  • Intended for youth in 7th grade and up.
  • Five lesson unit comprised of two short films per lesson, discussion questions, classroom activities, and assessment options.
  • Each lesson is 20 minutes in length with optional extension activities up to 60 minutes.
  • Supplemental Friendly: The program can be integrated into existing curricula or existing initiatives.
  • Aligns with Health Education standards and Common Core Language Arts and Social Studies standards.
  • The media content successfully engages teens by featuring only youth – not adults – who speak from their experiences of learning to navigate vulnerability.
  • Available in a physical DVD and guidebook package or as a digital resource through this online portal.

Are you interested in licensing
The Empower Youth Program for your school or organization?

The Empower Youth Program is licensed on a one-year term basis. To apply for a license scholarship, click here.

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