prevention education

When we first formed Nest, the focus of our work was on bringing PLAYGROUND to communities, first responders, and policymakers in an effort to advance the public’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and identify ways to combat it. To this end, we’ve worked with federal agencies, legislators, and organizations across the country.

PLAYGROUND continues to be a powerful tool and is still used by organizations such as the American Bar Association as part of workshops and trainings, but over the years, our team noted major gaps in prevention education and a lack of resources for teachers, parents, and caregivers who want to support the children in their lives.

To address these gaps, we launched the Nest Prevention Education Program. Together with our network of experts, educators, and partners, we’ve developed and are currently piloting a high school curriculum for youth and training program for adults that we believe will contribute to a world free from sexual violence against children. Watch this space as we continue to more data and resources.

 
 
CURRICULUM PILOT

CURRICULUM CONTENT

STUDENT ACTIVISM

COMMUNITY FORUMS

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curriculum pilot

According to a study by Portland State University Professor, Chris Carey, between 2009 and 2013, the average age of sex trafficking victims in Portland was 15.5. The youngest victim was just 8 years old . The Dallas Women’s Foundation reports that more girls are commercially sexually exploited in one month in Texas than there are teen girls who die by suicide, homicide, and accidents combined in one year. While an absence of research means that we don’t know the exact number of trafficked children in the United States, the CDC reports that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are victims of sexual abuse before the age of 18, creating greater vulnerability for further exploitation.

Add to these startling statistics that sexting, sextortion, and sexual assault are on the rise and the urgent need to act is clear. Children increasingly find themselves in vulnerable situations, often fearful of imagined repercussions of seeking help. Caregivers and educators may lack the training to identify signs of sexual exploitation or to respond to at-risk children in trauma-informed ways. The result? Our kids are more often penalized than protected.

Perpetrators and traffickers count on the absence of education about healthy sexuality. They use disguises online with impunity, confident that our kids miscalculate the safety of their digital worlds. They exploit emotional vulnerability among our teens. Their threats to expose, violate, bully or otherwise harm our kids work because many young people believe offenders when they say they have no choice.

The Nest Prevention Education Program is a powerful counterforce to these trends. At its heart is a high school curriculum designed to address the very gaps in knowledge and skills that traffickers and perpetrators exploit. The Nest Prevention Education Program consists of three pillars: 1) Youth Education 2) Teacher Training 3) Student-Led Community Engagement. We continue to raise funds to expand our pilot program beyond Oregon, Texas, and New York. Add your name to the list to learn when the curriculum will be available in your area and click below to help us with expansion efforts in your city.

 
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“The Nest Foundation’s lessons were, and are, a perfect match for my [Leadership Class]. What I was looking for were meaningful lessons backed by authentic information, and a way for students to feel like they could make a difference and become defenders of human rights in some way. The development of the Nest curriculum is centered around this idea and ends with students not only creating a way to make that difference, but to also plan for future actions. This program has great potential to impact society and empower our younger generations to feel like they have a voice in improving conditions for many people.”

Jill DiCuffa, Ann Richards School, Texas

"It was an amazing experience and I am glad to learn more about this important issue to later be able to help those in need. Thank you"

- 15, female, Irma Rangel

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CURRICULUM CONTENT

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curriculum objectives

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To establish a common language that allows students to deepen their understanding of sexual exploitation and trafficking and to challenge unhealthy/unsafe narratives in and outside of the classroom.
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To explore how to build and sustain healthy and safe relationships, and to explore the personal issues and past experiences that make building and sustaining those challenging.
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To explore the root causes and present-day dangers of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
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To build a classroom-communiy where youth can speak their truth both courageously and responsibly.
 
Example Activity: Language

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student-led community engagement

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student-led community forums

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facilitators

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advisory board

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