In order to reach students in the most effective, age-appropriate way possible, we have developed a 6-lesson high school version and a 2-lesson middle school version of the Prevention Project™ program.
High School Curriculum Lesson Outline
LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION & INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING 101
The opening lesson of the Prevention Project curriculum provides an introduction to the facts of human trafficking and then focuses on the dimensions and realities of human trafficking internationally. The lesson utilizes case studies and examines potential red flags. Excerpts of this lesson were crafted by International Justice Mission.
LESSON 2: SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE U.S.
This lesson is primarily composed of a 40-minute documentary produced through a collaboration from the Prevention Project program and Sex+Money. The voices of survivors and experts across the country featured in this film serve to give students an overview of human trafficking as well as how to identify human trafficking in their own lives and communities.
LESSON 3: PROFILE OF A PIMP
In 21st century America, pimps are viewed not as potential traffickers, but as pop culture idols. This lesson highlights the real profile of a pimp, or trafficker, drawing out the influence of culture upon our view of pimps. Examples of other types of traffickers are examined as well to extend awareness, identification, and prevention of other types of traffickers.
LESSON 4: DECREASING DEMAND
This lesson addresses the scientific and factual connections of how demand plays into the growth of human trafficking, including factors that grow demand, such as pornography. It also discusses the supply side, exposing different push and pull factors that contribute to a person’s victimhood.
LESSON 5: MEDIA LITERACY & THE OVER-SEXUALIZATION OF OUR CULTURE
The lesson focuses on three central elements: (i) the increased sexualization of our culture today (as reflected in the media), (ii) the importance of media literacy, and (iii) the connections between these two concepts and human trafficking. This lesson was inspired and shaped by the work of Survivor, Advocate, and Author, Holly Smith. In Holly’s words, “Traffickers will target those teens who are influenced more by the media than by positive role models at home.”
LESSON 6: STUDENT EMPOWERMENT & IMPACT
This final lesson will bring together all the information the students have learned thus far with a call to action. This lesson aims to inspire and equip students to take action to become part of the solution to human trafficking as modern-day abolitionists.
Middle School Curriculum Lesson Outline
LESSON 1: INTRODUCTION & THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM
The opening lesson of the Prevention Project middle school curriculum provides an introduction to the facts of human trafficking, explaining the profile of a trafficker and a victim, and a deeper discussion about red flags. In this lesson there is an interactive story through which the students learn, putting them in the shoes of someone their age who followed false promises into a dangerous situation. The objective of this lesson is to allow students to understand the background of human trafficking and be equipped with the tools to recognize lures and tactics of traffickers.
LESSON 2: WHO I AM & WHY IT MATTERS
This lesson will discuss the importance of self-esteem and online safety. The lesson emphasizes that each student is worth protecting and that they matter, and it engages students in exercises to strengthen self-esteem as a shield against traffickers who are looking for a target. In addition to the reflective activities, we share a survivor’s story that cautions students about harmful messages in the media, allowing students to recognize the impact of media and to helping them realize their own significance apart from messages of society. Included in this lesson is a significant online safety unit to help students stay aware and protected when using the Internet.