Posts Tagged ‘A Future. Not A Past.’

Start the Conversation!

Most parents dread having the big “sex talk” when their child turns 14 years old. Today, if you wait until that age, it’s likely that someone – or television – has beaten you to the punch. According to the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report, as many as 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation each year in the United States, and with the average age of entry into prostitution being 12 to 14 years old, now is the most crucial time to understand the power of prevention when it comes to this horrific crime. youthSpark, Inc. has created two short videos that can be used to start a conversation with your child around this issue.

Download our Official Question & Answer Discussion Guide.

While there are many public service announcements (PSAs) available on the topic of child sex trafficking and these can be shown to anyone, youthSpark’s PSAs are specifically geared towards educating children as young as 10 years old as well as targeting the “demand” side of trafficking. More and more parents want to have this conversation, but don’t know how as some of the videos out there may not be suitable for children who aren’t considered vulnerable. Our goal is that this video will serve as a starting point to introduce this important topic to your children. In addition, we have created an Official Question & Answer Discussion Guide that provides suggested talking points and Care Clinician Tips. We encourage all parents and youth-serving organizations to use these videos and discussion guide as an appropriate resource to educate young people on the risks of child sex trafficking.

These PSAs were made possible with special partnership and funding by the Junior League of Atlanta.

Summer 2013 Update

Start A SparkWant more information on what youthSpark is doing to end child sex trafficking?

Check out our most recent program update! It features programmatic and organizational highlights of success as well as our strategy for ending child sex trafficking.

Take a look at our website for more information on youthSpark programs!

Community Ambassador Training

afnap_logo_200Want to learn more about child sex trafficking and how you can make a difference? Attend our upcoming A Future. Not A Past. Community Ambassador Training!

Community Ambassador Training
Saturday, August 24th

Kingdom Builders Covenant Church
3355 Columbia Drive
Decatur, GA 30034

To RSVP, please email

youthSpark’s A Future. Not A Past. Campaign is a statewide campaign dedicated to disabling the demand for child sex trafficking through research, legislative advocacy, education and training. A Future. Not A Past. Community Ambassadors are community members who volunteer their time to raise awareness regarding child sex trafficking and keeping their friends and family informed! Learn how to use YOUR voice to raise awareness in YOUR community! Become an official A Future. Not A Past. Community Ambassador by attending a one-time 3 hour training session where you will be educated on child sex trafficking here in Georgia, the demand for these children, red flags to look for, services available for any child in need of help, and how to report this crime to law enforcement.

For more information, please see our official flyer.


A Future. Not A Past. Toolkit

AFNAP_front_coverWant to learn more about how to organize your community to fight child sex trafficking?

Our A Future. Not A Past. Campaign Toolkit and Action Guide provides a layout on how to organize and galvanize community support to educate people on this issue. The toolkit gives an overview of our history and how we developed our model to fight trafficking. It has a variety of resources, including DVDs and handouts that can be personalized according to the needs of your group and community.

The toolkit can be purchased for $40 (plus $10 for shipping and handling). For more information, contact

Looking for an Internship?

Want to do an internship this fall? youthSpark is currently accepting applications for interns for Fall 2013! We are looking for high school and college students who want to be a part of the movement to end child sex trafficking. Interns can work with youthSpark Voices, A Future. Not A Past., youthSpark Igniters, Development and Community Outreach, and Operations.

We ask that our interns work 8-12 hours each week. The internships are unpaid, but we can work with you to ensure that you receive school credit for your internship. If you’re interested in interning with us, email for an application.

Celebrating Hope Silent Auction

Celebrating Hope Painting

The silent auction at our Celebrating Hope: Together We Can Prevent Child Sex Trafficking event will feature this gorgeous painting by Atlanta artist Tee. The starting bid for this piece will be $500.

We will be updating our website with additional items that will be featured in the silent auction, so be sure to check back.


Celebrating Hope: Together We Can Prevent Child Sex Trafficking

Thursday, June 13, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Scenario Restaurant and Lounge
4279 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

The entry free – a minimum donation of $30.00 – will include complimentary food from Boneheads Grilled Fish and Piri Piri Chicken and a free premium bar from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will highlight entertainment by a popular Atlanta DJ. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online by making a minimum donation of $30.00. When purchasing tickets online, attendees should put Scenario in the notes section to indicate their commitment to the event.

Town Hall Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast


youthSpark presents General Sam Olens with his award

youthSpark presents General Sam Olens with his award

On Monday, May 13th, youthSpark hosted its annual Town Hall Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. Special thanks to Attorney General Sam Olens and our panelists Senator Renee Unterman, Representative Ed Lindsey, and Sharon Hill of Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. WABE’s Rose Scott moderated the panel discussion and highlighted the 2013 legislation, as well as the importance of ongoing research and evaluation.

Inaugural Kaffie McCullough Advocacy Award

Inaugural Kaffie McCullough Advocacy Award

We were honored to present Attorney General Sam Olens with a special award for his leadership of the “Georgia’s Not Buying It” Campaign and his commitment to stopping the demand for prostituted children in the state of Georgia.

We were thrilled to present Kaffie McCullough with the Inaugural Kaffie McCullough Advocacy Award for her outstanding contributions to keep all children safe. This award will be presented annually at our Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast.

Thanks to everyone who attended this special event. We appreciate North Avenue Presbyterian Church for hosting us!

Local Students Help youthSpark Fight Against Sex Trafficking

In order to help youthSpark in its fight against child sex trafficking, Wheeler High School students Cameron Harris and Karina Perez are organizing a “Breaking the Shackles” benefit concert.

Organized by the students, the concert will raise awareness and money for victims of child sex trafficking in the Atlanta area. All proceeds from the concert will go to youthSpark’s campaign A Future. Not a Past. that fights to stop the prostitution of children.

Headlining the concert is The Museum, a contemporary Christian rock band. Other performers are Against the Downpour, a local praise and worship band; Made Whole, a local band; and the Wheeler Funk Ensemble.

We are extremely proud to have a student, especially a male student, who wants to use his platform to raise awareness about child sex trafficking. The more young people are aware, the better they can protect themselves from predators that seek to exploit them.

“Breaking the Shackles” Benefit Concert
May 18, 2012
7:00-9:30 PM
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
955 Johnson Road in Marietta, Georgia

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance via Cash and checks will be accepted.

For more information on the event, read Cameron and Karina’s belief in the cause by clicking here.

Be An Ambassador for Kids

Our campaign to end child sex trade called A Future. Not A Past. is holding another Ambassador Training and we hope you will join us.

 Community Ambassador Training Announcement
Save the Date!

 Saturday, April 21, 2012 ~~ 8:30a.m. – 12:00p.m.

 Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
1911 Cliff Valley Way
Atlanta, GA 30329

~ Refreshments will be provided ~
Please RSVP to

You Can Make a Difference!

A Future. Not A Past. Community Ambassadors are community members who volunteer their time to raise awareness regarding the prostitution of children and keeping their friends and family informed.  There is no time commitment so this is the perfect opportunity for full-time employees, students, and parents who want to be involved.

Become an official AFNAP Community Ambassador by attending a one-time 3 hour training session where you will be educated on the commercial sexual exploitation of children here in Georgia and the demand for those children, as well as learning the red flags to look for and services available for any child in need of help, or how to report this crime to law enforcement.

Community Ambassador Spotlight

A Future. Not A Past. would like congratulate some of our Community Ambassadors who have joined the fight to disable demand by raising awareness. They are off to a great start and have done amazing things in their community.
On March 25th a new group of Community Ambassadors, lead by Fiyah Oates, conducted an awareness forum on Human Trafficking, with a focus on child sex trafficking.  These newly appointed ambassadors are members of an international group called WAVE (Women Against Trafficking Everywhere) and are eager to help spread the word about CSEC within the community.  Thank you to WAVE and our new ambassadors.

If you are an ambassador and you have reached out in your community to share information about the commercial sexual exploitation of children, let us know.  Email and tell us about your experiences as an ambassador so we can spotlight you in our next update.

Stop Sex Traffic Billboard Sighting

Billboards targeting child sex trafficking continue to appear throughout Metro Atlanta. Have you seen one?

The latest sighting of our Stop Demand Billboards was yesterday, Sunday, March 25th at Peachtree Industrial and Clairmont Road. This is a permanent billboard and so does not share any time electronically with an other ads.

If you have seen our billboard, let us know at

Developed by our own Kaffie McCullough and Jennifer Swain (A Future. Not A Past.) the billboards are sweeping across the city to let people know about the consequences of purchasing sex from underage girls.

Space has been graciously donated by the Outdoor  Advertising Association of Georgia. Thank you Ray Moyers.

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