We were thrilled with the success of our Inaugural Route 2 Change Duathlon, co-chaired by Lovette Russell and Stephanie V. Blank, that took place on October 12, 2013! We are so thankful to everyone who made this event possible. For more information, please see our Inaugural Route 2 Change Report. Below are a few pictures, taken by Dream Photography Group, that highlight the event. To see more pictures, please click here.
January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day! Take our I AM AWARE Challenge and share this infographic with your friends and family via social media and tag youthSpark! Each One, Reach One!
The federal government recently released a new plan for addressing sex trafficking in the United States. This year, President Barack Obama, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, rolled out the Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity: Federal Strategic Action Plan for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017.
This Plan outlines a concerted effort between 17 governmental agencies, ranging from the FBI to the Department of Agriculture, to assist victims of exploitation. The Plan has four major goals:
1. INCREASE COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION: Increase guidance, collaboration, and civic engagement at the national, state, tribal, and local levels.
2. INCREASE AWARENESS: Increase the understanding of human trafficking among key governmental and community leaders and the general public.
3. EXPAND ACCESS TO SERVICES: Increase victim identification and expand the availability of services for victims throughout the United States.
4. IMPROVE OUTCOMES: Promote effective, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed services that improve the short- and long-term health, safety, and well-being outcomes of victims.
This Action Plan provides some very useful information about how our country plans to serve victims of exploitation in the future. To read the entire Federal Strategic Action Plan, please click here.
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
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
955 Johnson Road in Marietta, Georgia
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance via www.itickets.com. Cash and checks will be accepted.
For more information on the event, read Cameron and Karina’s belief in the cause by clicking here.