Child Rights: CLASSY Awards Top 5
Child Rights programs protect a generation that hasn’t found its voice yet. They work to provide equal educational opportunities and end neglect, abuse, exploitation and deficient health care for children up to 18 years old. View the key indicators of this subcategory here.
- Darkness to Light (D2L)
- Truckers Against Trafficking
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
- Sanlaap North America
- Prevent Child Abuse Americaf
Stewards of Children
Darkness to Light(D2L)
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Stewards of Children
Stewards for Children is an evidence-informed child sexual abuse prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors. As the only Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention approved model program of its time, their practical prevention training offers a conversational, real-world approach to help mitigate situations that make child abuse possible and teach the skills required to properly intervene and report abuse. As a Docutraining®, Stewards for Children is scientifically proven to improve child protective behaviors. Known as a “Social Change Curriculum”, it inspires self-motivated change at the individual level, allowing communities to successfully tackle important social issues. In 2013, they trained nearly 550,000 adults across 19 statewide initiatives. With a support network of 6,000+ volunteer trainers, the program outreach has seen 27% growth per year for four consecutive years. By first decreasing the prevalence of child sexual abuse, their intended outcome is to empower millions of adults to play active roles in ending child sexual abuse. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Cindy McElhinney, Program Director” class=”top5″]Stewards for Children is ‘survivor and trauma-informed’ – developed with special understanding of needs or triggers that a person who has been victimized may have, which enhances the social change curricula and creates a stronger emotional connection to the issue. [/su_quote]
Truckers Against Trafficking
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Coalition Builds
Coalition Builds recognized that law enforcement, government agencies and the nonprofit world all have a role to play in closing loopholes to traffickers who exploit women and children along our nation’s highways. They provide training to truck stop general managers, connecting them to local anti-trafficking resources, and ensuring law enforcement are all connected to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline reporting protocol. By creating a nationwide infrastructure of 120 law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Attorney General, Homeland Security, state police, county prosecutors and truck stop general managers, they have constructed a localized response to trafficking, allowing all groups to focus their resources on closing loopholes and making it that much harder for traffickers to exploit trucking businesses while in transit. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Tom Liutkus, VP of Marketing and PR, Travel Centers of America” class=”top5″]The coalitions bring local trafficking criminal activity information to the focus of general managers of all local truck stop operators. It allows a more direct line of communication with the right law enforcement agencies if they spot trafficking activity. Becoming part of a local connected network of watchdogs adds a layer of enhanced monitoring that could greatly dissuade the criminal element from even considering entering our properties. [/su_quote]
KIND National Legal Services Program
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]KIND National Legal Services Program
KIND is leveraging private sector resources to address a critical legal services gap. Because the government does not appoint counsel to children in deportation proceedings, volunteer lawyers are critical to ensure children’s access to due process. KIND matches volunteer attorneys with unaccompanied immigrant children who need legal representation in their deportation proceedings. By also providing comprehensive training and mentoring to these volunteer attorneys, they are creating a large pool of pro bono attorneys who can represent these children, and in turn, train others to do the same. For every $1 of KIND’s budget, they leverage $4 in pro bono services from the private sector. Before KIND launched in 2009, there was little pro bono support for unaccompanied children. Today, funded by Vera Institute of Justice and with partnerships at 190 law firms, corporations, and law schools, KIND has trained over 6,400 attorneys in their 8 offices and served nearly 5,500 children nationwide. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Elizabeth Dallam, Program Director” class=”top5″] KIND is engaging in systemic advocacy to increase awareness of child migration and ensure that the overall system is as child-centered as possible, in terms of policy, practice, and resources. [/su_quote]
Zesa – Vocational Education Program
Sanlaap North America
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Zesa – Vocational Education Program
According to the AGALI Economic Empowerment report, education, financial opportunities, life skills and social support are needed for economic empowerment. When these needs are met, economic empowerment leads to increased self-esteem, better decision-making capability, better health, financial stability and positive multiplier effects across communities. Leveraging this model, Zesa Academy partnered with India’s largest design university to teach girls in anti-trafficking shelters across India fabric & jewelry design. They also enlisted professionals to teach business, life skills, self-defense and basic English. Graduates of their program are employed by Zesa Retail, which sells the products made. 100% of the profits are used to fund Zesa Academy, wages and savings accounts for each girl. Within six short months, Zesa Academy expanded from a pilot of 30 girls to providing over 640 survivors of trafficking an education that works for their circumstances and an opportunity for financial independence. There are currently over 2,000 girls on the Zesa Academy waitlist who we will be joining the program in April 2014 and over the next year, Zesa Academy has the mandate and funding from the Indian government to scale their program to 20,000 girls. As their program grows and new graduates are added, they are also adding confident, wage-earning women to their community. One thousand strong voices against trafficking will not force the government to act, but 20,000 voices might. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Sindhura Sarikonda, Program Director” class=”top5″]Since the inception of our program, we’ve seen our graduates leave the shelter home and begin their new lives, armed with jobs, diplomas and savings accounts. More importantly, we’ve witnessed the transformation that takes place when you take a girl who has been exploited for years, give her a uniform, someone to teach her and something to strive for. [/su_quote]
Healthy Families America
Prevent Child Abuse America
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Cydney M. Wessel, MSW
Healthy Families America is a nationally recognized home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Their program aims to cultivate and strengthen nurturing parent-child relationships, promote healthy childhood growth and development and enhance family functioning by reducing risk and building protective factors. Health Families America meets the Department of Health and Human Services’ criteria for an evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model. In 2013, 95,000 families received Healthy Families America services. Their model has effectively demonstrated reduced rates of substantiated child maltreatment that were sustained beyond program completion, improved birth outcomes for families enrolled prenatally with positive impacts on birth weight and fewer birth complications, along with longer spacing between pregnancies. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Rob Reiner, Film Director & Founder, I Am Your Child Foundation” class=”top5″]We know that if we do the right kinds of things for our children — the right nurturing, the right kind of attachment — early on, we can actually change their social outcomes. And that’s why the Healthy Families America program is so important. [/su_quote]
The Human Rights Experts
The Leadership Council is an honorary board comprised of a diverse group of experts that will collectively determine the winners of the CLASSY Awards in this cause sector. Their unique perspective and valuable insight establishes this recognition as one of the highest honors in the social sector.
Photo credit: SANLAAP / JONATHAN HYAMS