Just Ask Prevention Curriculum
Just Ask Prevention Curriculum
In 2013 ATI founder, Detective Bill Woolf, recovered a seventeen-year-old victim of human trafficking. Despite having a loving family and community, Emily was subjected to countless sexual assaults arranged by her trafficker for three years before being identified. Her grades had dropped, her behavior changed, and eventually counselors, school officials, and even the courts got involved. But no one recognized the signs of trafficking. When asked how this went unnoticed she simply said, “No one ever asked.” This is why we teach students and professional organizations all around the world to recognize human trafficking and Just Ask.
Prevent human trafficking.
Intercept human trafficking.
Change the ideas that lead to human trafficking.
An imminent curriculum initiative, Trafficking Resistance, Awareness, and Prevention (TRAP), will be the first school-based program that partners with local law enforcement—school resource officers (SROs)—to create a direct line of defense to actively protect and prevent children from becoming victims of human trafficking.
Our evidence-based curriculum is unique to any other. We know your schools and professional organizations have diverse needs and challenges. That’s why we adapt our curriculum to your environment by providing either a comprehensive program for your school or organization, or simply supplementing your existing program with evidence-based education on recognizing and stopping human trafficking. Just Ask is a self-sustaining program that trains teachers with a working knowledge about the realities of human trafficking so that they are empowered to teach their students.
Through our extensive work in the field, ATI consistently finds teens and young adults are manipulated into trafficking scenarios due to a lack of knowledge and awareness.
Based on this conclusion, we developed comprehensive evidence-based human trafficking education curriculum rooted in best practices for curriculum development and implementation. Just Ask curriculum not only raises awareness on the issue of human trafficking but also provides vital skills for prevention and intervention.
- Our core curriculum was developed by professional curriculum developers using actual case examples.
- The curriculum can be customized to meet the needs of public school districts, private institutions, or even in a homeschool setting with the intent to educate, prevent, and intervene.
- We provide a “one-stop shop” that covers all stages of trafficking and provides students with information that they can apply to safeguard themselves and their peers.
- Our “Just Ask” curriculum addresses topics such as exploitation, abuse, sexual violence, online safety and healthy relationships.
- The “3 To Succeed” curriculum (for younger students) uses lessons and classroom activities for children to develop a healthy support network of adults creating a safety net to safeguard against future threats.
With the resonating themes of consent, respect, choice, hope and community responsibility, our curriculum program empowers students with awareness and knowledge to combat this form of modern-day slavery.
The structure of the lessons brings consistency to the classroom or other instructional setting and provides instructors with material that is attention grabbing and real. The true, anecdotal stories make the lessons engaging and cultivate discussions in the class that are impactful.
We meet with educational institutions and professional organizations to determine their specific needs and restrictions. Then we adapt the curriculum to include these needs as well as incorporate local resources for students, parents and teachers. Doing so makes our curriculum more culturally relevant and realistic to the types of trafficking situations students may see in their community.
Our curriculum currently reaches over 250,000 students annually, and has saved countless lives.
Having worked with ATI has been such a blessing. The students that participated in the ATI projects to raise awareness have been impacted in such a manner that they now have moved on to high school wanting to spread awareness. They are using the same posters, wristbands, and PSA videos. Over the past two years, these students have attained knowledge that has helped them in their own personal lives as well as helping others. One example, a student that was walking home got approached by a man that offered her money if she came with him. Using the tools that she learned from ATI, she knew there were red flags and ran home to let an adult know. This is just one example of how the ATI organization has helped students be more aware of their surroundings. The feedback I get from former students that participated in campaigns, programs and clubs is so important. Students are more aware of signs and understanding the importance of what human trafficking is.
ATI opened my eyes to a problem that has been going on in my hotels for a long time. I pledge to make all of my hotels ATI Safe Zones in hopes that not one more victim will have to suffer in our hotels.
ATI didn’t just give us posters and materials, they gave us invaluable information that transformed the way students thought of human trafficking. I’ve had people come up to me after seeing the posters and ask “so what is human trafficking?” I was fully prepared to answer their questions thanks to ATI. And they took the time to ask those questions due to the amazing materials this organization has provided. It’s honestly hard to judge how our culture has changed, but having a few extremely informed people can create a wave of enlightened and educated students that can gradually transform this issue.