nest student forums

Responding to the high level of engagement from students with whom we have piloted our prevention education program, Nest launched Student Forums in May 2015, offering a space for young people to bring their ideas and questions to local policymakers and leaders and granting parents, caregivers, businesses, friends, and neighbors the opportunity to learn more about sexual violence against children and what can be done to stop it.

Given the crucial need to increase the number of adults that can identify signs of exploitation and provide appropriate support, our Nest Student Forums along with film screenings, and other community event bring experts to audiences and foster community dialogue, all while making sure youth voices are elevated.

 
 
DALLAS
SMU
February 2016

PORTLAND
Ecotrust Building
November 2015

PORTLAND
Madison High School
May 2015
 

 

Nest Student Forum - Dallas, TX


George Bush Institute
February 2016
 
 
In February 2016, New Friends New Life, an organization in Dallas that works to restore and empower formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children, presented the third Nest Student Forum - and our first in Texas! Students from Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School educated the audience and participated in a panel discussion with leaders in the Dallas community.
 
 
 

moderators

Co-Moderator: The Honorable Florence Shapiro
Youth Co-Moderator: Sammie Casas, Irma Rangel Student


adult panelists

  • The Honorable Morgan Meyer - TX House of Representatives

  • Professor Cheryl Nelson Butler - SMU Dedman School of Law

  • Judge Lena Levario - Former Dallas County Criminal Court Judge

  • Brooke Grona-Robb - Asst District Attorney

  • Melissa Miles - City Attorney’s Office

  • Deborah Michaels - FBI Special Agent

  • Lisa Shedden - Department of Justice


  • Youth Panelists & Participants:

  • Amy Phan - Irma Rangel Student

  • Abigail Tesfaye - Irma Rangel Student

  • Ja'El Tesfaye - Irma Rangel Student

  • Melissa Serrano - Irma Rangel Student

  • Jennifer Ulloa - Irma Rangel Student

  • Vanessa Sarmiento - Irma Rangel Student

  • Evelin Briseo - Irma Rangel Student

  • Chastity Chavez - Irma Rangel Student

  • Brenda Castaneda - Irma Rangel Student

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    Nest Student Forum - Portland


    Ecotrust Building
    NOVEMBER 2015
     
     
    In partnership with Youth Ending Slavery, Nest organized our second student forum in Portland to discuss ways to prevent sexual exploitation in Oregon. Students were represented from several schools and youth groups in Portland and the event yielded candid conversations between young people and other community members.
     
     
     
     

    moderators

    Co-Moderator: Marci Jackson - Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Response Team
    Youth Co-Moderator: Avital Balwit - Board Member, Youth Ending Slavery


    adult panelists

  • Diane McKeel - Commissioner, District 4, Multnomah County

  • Rod Underhill - District Attorney, Multnomah County

  • Kathleen Taylor- Sergeant, Portland Police Bureau

  • Chuck Lovell - State Representative, District 41

  • Paloma Sparks - BOLI Legislative Director


  • Youth Speakers & panelist included 20 students from:

  • Madison High School

  • David Douglas High School

  • Youth Ending Slavery Board

  • American SPCC Youth Advisory Board

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    Nest Student Forum - Portland


    Madison High School
    May 2015
     
    In partnership with the American SPCC and with support from Portland-based youth organization, Youth Ending Slavery (YES), Nest inaugurated our Student Forums in December 2014 with students from Madison High School, David Douglas High School, and YES serving as panelists alongside leaders and policymakers in the Oregon community. Students shared information about sexual exploitation and trafficking in their city and panelists discussed ways in which changes in laws, prevention education, and community actions can help push the movement to end sexual violence against children forward.
     
     
     
     

    moderators

    Co-Moderator: Clare McLeod, President, Youth Ending Slavery

    Youth Co-Moderator: Joel Shapiro, Attorney and Policy Advisor



    adult panelists

  • Diane McKeel - Commissioner, District 4, Multnomah County

  • JR Ujifusa - Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County

  • Kathleen Taylor - State Representative, District 41

  • Mike Gallagher - Officer, Portland Police Bureau

  • Paloma Sparks - BOLI Legislative Director

  • Amanda Swanson - CSEC Intervention Coordinator, Crime Victims Service Division, OR Dept. of Justice

  • Youth Panelist

  • Emma Christensen - Board Member, Youth Ending Slavery
  • Natalie Bojarsky - Board Member, Youth Ending Slavery
  • Abraham Rodriguez - David Douglas High School, YES Chapter Member
  • Jessica Monje-Perez - David Douglas High School, YES Chapter Member
  • Lasha Shepard - Grant High School
  • Naomi Stringer - Grant High School
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