youthSpark, Inc

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53 donors

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At youthSpark, we witness firsthand the ability for vulnerable youth to live a life free of exploitation and abuse when they are connected to services and consistent support.

Over the past 10 months, with positive assistance and empowerment, our Voices girls have achieved the following milestones and successes:

1. 85% of girls completed the current grade level
2. High school graduate accepted to five universities (First generation college student!)
3. Increased participation in trauma-informed therapy with family involvement
4. Serve as peer leader advocates presenting at youthSpark events
5. Cases closed with juvenile court and the justice system
6. Active Alumni girls have maintained employment for 3+ months

Please read more about our current Voices program for at-risk girls here.
12-14 years old is the average age a child in the U.S. is introduced to the sex trade *

It's critical for teens to be educated on how to keep them (and their peers) safe from exploiters. We've lauched #stART2end, a creative art and media competition aimed to engage high school youth on this issue in a teen-friendly and safe format. To learn more on how to get the youth in your life involved with #stART2end, text start2end to 313131 or visit www.youth-spark.org/start2endnow

Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the U.S. for child sex trafficking, with more than 200 girls being sold for sex across Georgia every month *

As long as there are men who seek to purchase sex with minors, our children will continue to be sold over and over again. There is little doubt that tougher acountability for buyers are a critical step in eliminating trafficking. That's why we work to be sure the communty's cry to arrest buyers are being heard loud and clear. Sign our petition here or sign up to take our SMS course by texting HTcourse 313131.  

youthSpark envisions a world where no boy or girl is a product to be bought or sold. For more information on how you can get involved, visit our website listed to the right or please feel free to email info@youth-spark.org. 

* Sources for statistics provided by the FBI; Estes and Weiner's The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the US, Canada and Mexico

Eliza R donated $10.00
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Kim C donated $25.00
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Updates and Donors' Comments

Kim C11/12/2015 11:04:35 PM

A change is about to happen!

LaKesha D11/12/2015 10:06:17 PM

Let's end Child Sex Trafficking

Aprille M11/12/2015 6:50:30 PM

Thank you for all the work you do in the community!

Christopher W11/12/2015 3:28:12 PM

I'm proud to support YouthSpark and the fantastic work they're doing for exploited kids.