Our Say Something School assembly is designed to bring awareness to student-based solutions with critical issues like Human Trafficking, rising dropout rates, drug abuse and gang affiliation.
Critical Issues and Student Intervention
Student intervention techniques also affect other critical issues highlighted in the Say Something assembly. As issues like Human Trafficking, bullying, prescription drug abuse, marijuana use, gang affiliation and rising student dropout rates touch schools across the US, the Say Something assembly can be customized to the issues that are most critical in your school. Presenters have a combined experience of presenting to more than a million students in dozens of countries.
Human trafficking is an growing threat to the freedom and welfare of students. Human trafficking takes many forms including uncompensated labor, forced child labor, involuntary domestic servitude, bonded labor and sex trafficking.
Sex trafficking of underage girls is especially insidious because it targets girls in the US who are particularly vulnerable to the techniques used by traffickers in our communities. The FBI and US State Department estimate that 250,000-500,000 girls are used in prostitution rings. The majority of these girls are not foreigners, but US residents who are coerced through manipulation and threats. We cannot pretend that this is not happening in our schools. As StudentReach presenters converse with students and educators, we have found that this is an issue affecting a majority of schools.
From the U.S. State Department website:
“Prevention efforts are a key component of the global movement to monitor and combat human trafficking. Historically, efforts focused on public awareness campaigns that inform and educate communities in source and destination countries about human trafficking so that they can identify victims or specifically warn migrants and other vulnerable populations.” - from the 2012 Trafficking in Persons report
Awareness of human trafficking provides students with three critical solution-based tools:
- Say Something School Assembly
Victims are able to come forward before they are dragged deeper into the underworld of human trafficking. Friends of victims can recognize the signs and expose the victimization taking place while intervention can still happen. Students become the force for emancipation throughout their communities as they receive practical and safe tools to recognize and report suspicious behavior. Student intervention is the untapped resource in solving these critical issues.
- National and Local Partnerships
Through partnerships with nationally recognized NGOs on the front lines of the battle for students, StudentReach isn’t just talking about issues but is actively involved in rescuing students from human trafficking, aftercare and prevention. StudentReach has partnered with FREE International who has had active relationships with the NFL, FBI, local law enforcement, state attorneys general, KlaasKids and many local organizations who combat victimization.