Tell Your Friends
Tell Your Friends is a FAIR Girls’ four-module, multimedia prevention education curriculum taught in junior high and high school classrooms, after-school programs, youth shelters and group homes.
Through educating high-risk girls and boys about their rights and resources in a school setting, the curriculum both empowers and motivates students with the knowledge, communication skills, and community resources to keep themselves safe from exploitation and trafficking and to become peer educators who will “tell their friends,” families, and communities how to do the same. Using video, drawing, and popular music, the curriculum is interactive and age-appropriate; it defines what human trafficking is, identifies risk factors for teen girls and boys, discusses healthy and unhealthy relationships, draws links between intimate partner violence and human trafficking, and provides a citywide resource guide to students to help them reach us and our community-based partners across the DMV area.
The curriculum is presented in a fun and interactive way that sparks healthy debates and allows vulnerable teens to learn ways to stay safe and how they can get help. After every workshop, we pass out note cards where students can anonymously ask questions for us to answer in the next session. Some recent questions we’ve received have been, “What can I do to help a friend who is being hurt and exploited?” and “I have an older boyfriend who is pressuring me to have sex and do things. Should I tell him I don’t want to or just give in?”
FAIR Girls has educated over 3,000 at-risk youth in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to stay safe from trafficking. If you are interested in partnering with FAIR Girls to educate youth in your community, please ask about our partnership opportunities by contacting Kimberly Crawford, Prevention Education Outreach Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org.