Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for minors, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease, drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and even death.
It’s a difficult subject, but one that requires our utmost and urgent attention.
Girls with Grit provides free prevention programs that inform and educate girls about the realities of sex trafficking.
Our program recognizes that the key to keeping girls safe is to reach them before the traffickers do.
About The Curriculum
Girls with Grit utilizes the Not a #Number® curriculum for prevention of domestic minor sex trafficking. The course curriculum was developed using the most current information in the field of child exploitation by Love 146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. The program was designed specifically to help prepare vulnerable children to better protect themselves from potential traffickers and recognize potentially risky situations.
Not a #Number is an interactive prevention curriculum designed to teach youth how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation through information, critical thinking, and skill development. Not a #Number uses a holistic approach focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities.
All children, especially girls are at risk of being trafficked or exploited in urban, suburban, and rural communities. The Not a #Number program is applicable across gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Youth with high-risk indicators such as low socioeconomic status, history of abuse and/or neglect, exposure to violence, risky sexual behavior online and offline, history of alcohol or substance abuse, and mental health diagnosis will particularly benefit.
Not a #Number has been administered in Connecticut, Florida, and Texas through Love146, Aspire Health Partners, and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families—reaching over 2,500 youth in schools, child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, residential programs, and other community settings.
Effective prevention starts by raising awareness of harmful stereotypes and attitudes that create vulnerabilities and keep youth from seeking help. Through open conversations, engaging activities, the use of media, and opportunities for self-disclosure, participants will:
Raise their awareness of what constitutes human trafficking and exploitation.
Learn how to recognize recruitment tactics and understand vulnerabilities.
Challenge harmful stereotypes and societal attitudes.
Identify healthy support systems.
Develop skills to safely navigate potential and existing exploitative situations.
Learn how to access community resources when situations occur that increase their vulnerability (or if exploitation is already underway).