Prevention & Intervention Strategies

Since 2011, Present Age Ministries, a NC nonprofit, has dedicated its staff and resources to address prevention and intervention strategies for children impacted by human trafficking. Our model offers an approach that provides straight forward information to youth about the facts around human trafficking, as well as a prevention-focused intervention that addresses many of the underlying issues that influence children and youth who become human trafficking victims.

A study in Minnesota showed that a benefit-cost analysis of providing preventative and early intervention methods could be quantified at $34 to $1. For every $1 we spend on preventative measures for young adolescent females, at risk for sexual abuse/trafficking, we will save taxpayers $34 (due to increase costs for legal, social health, medical cost, etc.). (Early Intervention to Avoid Sex Trading and Trafficking of Minnesota’s Female Youth: A Benefit-Cost Analysis, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, 2012).

If you are interested in having our staff come and speak to your students (classroom, assembly, club, etc), contact us today and someone from our prevention team will respond.

Here are objectives for prevention programs:

  • Apply risk reduction behavior to protect myself and others
  • Understand the benefits of abstinence
  • Embracing and understanding diversity
  • Learn to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Understand the importance of personal responsibility/boundaries



Child Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Elementary School Age

A Child’s Choice is an age-appropriate child abuse prevention curriculum for K-5th grade students. The content is interactive and builds upon the skills learned in previous years. The content includes stories, activities, and
discussions that focus on teaching a child what boundaries are, how to establish them, and healthy response when boundaries have been crossed.

  • Age-appropriate definitions of appropriate vs. inappropriate touch
  • Identifying the uncomfortable feelings and how to speak out about those
  • Learning how to say NO and be able to get away from bad situations
  • Identifying safe adults 
  • Reinforce the concept that our bodies are to be respected and to establish boundaries 
  • To provide lesson plans for teachers that are easy to facilitate and relevant.
  • To focus on safety, rather than on sexuality.
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    Human Trafficking Prevention Curriculum for Middle School Age

    We offer lessons that exceed the NC State Senate Bill 279 requirements for Human Trafficking education in the 7th and 8th-grade health curriculum. Each lesson includes videos, interactive learning, and real-life stories and scenarios. Students are also given takeaways including how to access the national hotline. The lessons can be done in two 45 minutes sessions, one 90 minute session, or modified to fit your needs.

    • Define Exploitation and Trafficking

    • Identify Common Risk Factors

    • Learning common Warning Signs and vulnerabilities

    • Outline the Effects on a victim (Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational & Spiritual)

    • Outline influence of internet, social media, past abuse, cultural influence, and pornography

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      Intervention Curriculum for At-Risk Female Adolescents

      “Discovering Your Value” (DYV) is an interactive 8-week  curriculum that addresses the cultural devaluation of women. The 8-week curriculum was created for female minors identified as high-risk for exploitation. We are able to promote healthy boundaries and identification of barriers. With no more than 10 participants in a group, each lesson addresses topics such as relationships, self-image, cultural influences, sexual integrity, and more. 

      • Increase self respect

      • Develop decision making skills

      • Develop healthy boundaries

      • Increase capacity to set goals for future

      • Reduce the influence of unaddressed trauma

      • Increase awareness of community resources.

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