The Prevention Project™ curriculum is Richmond Justice Initiative’s award-winning, signature prevention education program. Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, equip, and mobilize communities to be a force in the global movement to end human trafficking.
The Prevention Project program exists to prevent teen human trafficking.
In order to eradicate human trafficking – the sale and exploitation of human beings for profit – we believe we must educate young people about the lures of trafficking and invest in character and leadership development. The Prevention Project curriculum exists to not only prevent trafficking from occurring, but also to create and equip student leaders to be a part of the solution, bringing lasting change for our communities and beyond.
The Prevention Project curriculum was developed and produced by:
1)Human trafficking survivors
3)Advocates from leading anti-trafficking organizations
In addition, each year, we ask for feedback from students and teachers who have been through the program and consider current trends of human trafficking, as reported by field experts, in order to provide the most updated content for our students.
- The Prevention Project program is an academic curriculum administered to middle and high school students in their classrooms, after-school program, or youth group, etc. The high school version is 6 lessons, and the middle school version is 2 lessons.
- Each lesson is designed to be at least 45-50 minutes long, and the lesson plans all include important resources, learning objectives, a list of materials needed, videos, interactive activities, discussion questions, teacher notes for the entire lesson, homework assignments, and additional resources.
- The Prevention Project curriculum aligns with certain SOL and Common Core requirements for middle and high school grades in Social Studies, Health, and English/Language Arts.
- The curriculum’s lesson plans are straightforward and easy to use.
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 issues 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.
Let’s Get Started!
We know you are busy, so we’ve made this process very simple:
- Complete the contact form below to reach out to us to express your interest in getting the Prevention Project program into your area; we will be in touch to provide all information needed for you to get started.
- Next, set up a meeting with the decision-maker in your school or organization for curriculums (Principal, Head Counselor, Teacher, etc.).
- Once the program is approved, we will provide a welcome packet, set up a date for teachers to go through the “train the trainer” session, and assist every step of the way throughout the implementation of the program.
Thank you so much for your interest in bringing key prevention education to your community’s teens! To find out more about getting the Prevention Prevention program in your area, please fill out the contact form below:
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