Our workshops are headlined by our network of knowledgeable and highly regarded experts in the field, on topics such as identifying child exploitation remotely, online safety, sexually explicit media and its impact on youth, processing grief and loss and mental health.
In 2021, Nest delivered virtual dating violence prevention content to 4,800 Texas Uplift Charter Schools high school students. Dating violence is common, with 1 in 3 high school students experiencing an abusive relationship. It is critical to educate young people on how to recognize and name these situations and dynamics in order to teach the skills to handle these scenarios for themselves and their peers. Students shared how the workshop felt relevant to their personal experiences and gave them useful models of healthy behaviors.
[I will] be careful of which relationships I choose to engage in, [and be] open in what my relationships with other people look like.
In 2021, Nest held a one-day virtual symposium for educators, counselors, school support staff, and community stakeholders in Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD). Speakers and topics included Joe Sullivan, “Sexual Exploitation in Schools: Lessons from offenders”, Polly Klaas Foundation, Jenni Thompson, “Child Sex Trafficking in Schools: Case studies & resources”, Amy Collins, “Child Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking: Healthy Relationships; Vulnerabilities & Protective Factors, Prevention, Reporting & Response.” Participants shared that this was a powerful experience which all stakeholders in schools should have access to.
I was given a lot of important relevant information that all teachers (and parents) need to be aware of.
Tina Bigdeli; National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
This free virtual workshop focused on youth with disabilities and understanding their experiences of risk of exploitation and abuse. Nest and NCMEC facilitated an interactive discussion about: recent data and online sexual exploitation trends; case examples involving children with Autism; where and how to report suspected child sexual exploitation; and support resources for survivors, caregivers, and families.
So much information, really well presented. I am looking forward to sharing the information with my colleagues!