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The Empower Youth Program is a tool through which you can facilitate prevention-focused conversations with youth about exploitation and empathy in order to empower them with protective strategies.
Exploitation comes in many forms, such as bullying, neglect, and emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Human trafficking, perhaps the most extreme form of exploitation, is a form that many youth know little about, yet it occurs in virtually every U.S. community.
Many factors can make a person vulnerable to exploitation. Personal factors, such as poverty or unstable home environments, and cultural factors, such as hyper-sexualized media, can push youth into vulnerability. Exploitative people target those who are vulnerable, seeking to pull them down further in order to obtain personal gain.
Youth need to be empowered to safely navigate the factors in their lives that could otherwise make them vulnerable to exploitation. The Empower Youth Program unveils the system of negative pushes and pulls that entrap youth and empowers them with alternative, positive pulls that can lead to success and safety. It also empowers youth to respond if exploitation is happening among their peers or family.
Download the Facilitator Guide
The Facilitator Guide contains everything you need to implement The Empower Youth Program. Read the first 8 pages for information on how to prepare ahead of time – including how to formulate a response protocol to serve your students. Then, use each module’s lesson plans to find activities, discussion questions, and supplemental material.
Pre-Unit Student Survey
Pre-Unit Student Survey
Your students can take the pre-unit survey online, whether through use of a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Otherwise, please print the PDF version for them. See the Facilitator Guide for details on where to submit those completed surveys.
Module One – Empathy
Objective: The student will be able to explain the difference between empathy, sympathy, and apathy. The student will be able to define exploitation.
Module Two – Negative Pushes
Objective: The student will be able to explain the concept of negative personal and cultural pushes and will be able to define human trafficking.
Module Three – Negative Pulls
Objective: The student will be able to explain the concept of negative personal and cultural pulls and identify the five disguises.
Module Four – Positive Pulls
Objective: The student will be able to explain the concept of positive personal and cultural pulls.
Module Five – Choosing Empathy
Objective: The student will create a Positive Pull plan to safely navigate personal vulnerability while also knowing how to safely be a Positive Pull for others.
Post-Unit Student Survey
Your students can take the post-unit survey online, whether through use of a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Otherwise, please print the PDF version for them. See the Facilitator Guide for details on where to submit those completed surveys.