Nest Foundation creates curriculum to accompany “Playground” documentary

The Nest Foundation recently made a film called “Playground,” a documentary that explores the devastating impact of child sex trafficking in the United States.  The film has been shown in communities across the country and even around the world, and Nest has found that prevention education is our most powerful investment in the effort to stop child sexual exploitation and trafficking.

At every screening, a common question was asked by members of the audience:  “How do we get this film into high schools?”  The average age of a child trafficked for sex is 13, and if children are not aware of the signs of potential perpetrators, they may end up becoming victims.

In December 2014, Nest launched a new curriculum about preventing sexual exploitation.  This high school curriculum focuses on 4 crucial topics:  breaking down sexual exploitation and trafficking; deconstructing media and advertising that send the wrong messages about sexuality; encouraging students to be smart about what they share on social media; and encouraging youth action and citizenship so that students can be heard.

The curriculum was piloted in Portland, OR, and data from Nest’s 2014 Annual Report revealed intriguing data:  87 percent of students were able to recognize trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery; 88 percent of students recognized the role pop culture plays in sustaining the sex industry; and 95 percent of students felt equipped to take action within their communities to prevent exploitation and trafficking.

The data shows the importance of education in the prevention of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and “Playground” is a documentary that gives strong support in teaching the public about how to recognize it and how to ultimately prevent it.  The Nest Foundation is currently looking at other cities across the country for implementation of its new curriculum, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and New York.  With the curriculum, Nest hopes to arm a generation of our youth to stay safe and smart in their own environments!  You can join the conversation on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can find out more about the documentary’s impact summary at


Youth Justice Awareness Month kicks off this week!

The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national campaign dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

The campaign invites you to recognize October as Youth Justice Awareness Month.  This is a great opportunity for communities to learn about and expose the consequences of 16- and 17-year-olds being processed in an adult court system instead of through a juvenile court system.

This year’s theme is “The Consequences are Not Minor.”  Over the next few weeks, various issues will be visited, such as racial and ethnic disparities.  The Campaign for Youth Justice will also highlight organizations that are working to end minors being processed through adult court systems.

Be sure to follow the Campaign for Youth Justice’s Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming information on events throughout the month!



Continuing the Fight for Justice this Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day and throughout the year, the Campaign for Youth Justice will do all it can to ensure that youth who are currently incarcerated or returning home receive just that message. Our youth are worth more than the largest mistake they have ever made.

Mother’s Day is a day to commemorate the special women in our lives who have nurtured us and provided us with love and support.  Continuing the fight for youth justice reform is clear — we are inspired by mothers who stop at nothing to make sure their children are safe and loved, even after they have made mistakes.

The Campaign for Youth Justice welcomes any and all donations that will help continue to elevate the voices of families and youth.  Online donations can be made at


The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national campaign dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

Webinar from Bolster Collaborative (April 17)

Tim Duffey, co-founder of Bolster Collaborative, will present a webinar entitled Helping Youth Thrive is Job #1 this Thursday, April 17 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

In this webinar, Bolster Collaborative will take a broader view of what matters in the lives of our young people by exploring practical research on the conditions and opportunities we can all nourish that help them to thrive.  There is strong evidence that all young people can benefit from our intentional, deliberate, and repeated actions to provide them access to “the things that matter.”

Join Bolster Collaborative tomorrow to explore this hope-filled set of principles and consider simple strategies you can integrate into your practice!  This webinar is open to the public, and if you would like to participate, please send an email to with the subject line: “Webinar details please”


Bolster Collaborative, a division of Vision Training Associates, Inc., offers high-quality resources based on the latest social science on Developmental Assets, positive youth development, and related science. Bolster Collaborative intends to engage and support an ever-growing number of professionals, volunteers, community members, and parents as collaborators in improving organizations and communities for young people.

Registration open for El Pueblo outreach workshops (Dec. 14)

A youth-led workshop series sponsored by El Pueblo, Inc. will begin this Saturday, December 14.

El Pueblo is recruiting 40 interested individuals aged 11-16 to participate in the workshops.  They will focus on healthy decision making and empowered communication.  Specific topics in the workshops will include pregnancy prevention; STI prevention; alcohol, drugs and sexual decision-making; and youth negotiation & refusal skills.

The first workshop will be this Saturday from 10 AM to 2:30 PM at the Poe Health Center (224 Sunnybrook Road) in Raleigh.  Those interested can register at this link, and you can also call 919-835-1525.  For more information, please contact Tania Duran at or Jill Lebov at