EVENT DATE: Sep 01, 2012
DEADLINE TO GIVE: Dec 31, 2012
In the United States today, a child is sexually exploited for commercial gain every two minutes. In almost every town in the U.S. and Canada, thousands of children are sold into sex slavery. Forced into pornography. Forced into prostitution. Their childhood stolen... their humanity buried. And every minute, we sit idly by while it happens. We say nothing. We do nothing.
You can help!
The policymakers and talking heads have had their chance. Now it’s your turn. Your turn to make some noise about this in your own community. Your turn to not be ignored. Your turn to give a voice to those who need it. Your turn to start broadcasting.
This spring, Child Rescue is launching an unprecedented youth-driven campaign dedicating to raising awareness about these atrocities taking place in our very own Backyards. Backyard Broadcast is a first-of-its-kind campaign putting teens to work in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children. Backyard Broadcast is bringing together 25 student leaders from communities across the continent to serve as the inaugural broadcasters/station chiefs. These leaders will launch the first 25 Backyard Broadcast stations, building a network of broadcasters at high schools across the continent.
This July, the 25 selected Station Chiefs will convene in Salt Lake City, UT to launch the movement. The inaugural Backyard Broadcast Youth Summit will educate the station chiefs on the issue, and train them in community organizing, advocacy, new media, fundraising and evaluation.
In order to support each Backyard Broadcast Station and Station Chief, we need your help! Our goal is to raise $5,000 in 20 regions across the United States and Canada, for a total of $100,000. Scroll down and locate the region you would like to support and donate today!
Support a station in your region with a gift of any amount. Suggested donation levels include:
$10 – Helps fund recruitment efforts for stations in your region
$25 – Helps fund educational opportunities for youth leaders
$100 – Helps fund a survivor tell her story at our training summit
$250 – Helps fund station activities in your region
$1,000 – Helps fund a youth leader’s entire trip to our training summit
$5,000 – Helps fund a new Backyard Broadcast Station for an entire year
Who is Child Rescue?
Child Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of children in Canada and the United States. In our short history, we've worked hard to expose various communities to the shocking, and sad realities of the child sex industry in North America. Several notable accomplishments/events include:
· An international training held in Salt Lake City, where over 200 police officers, FBI Agents, and other law enforcement professionals, as well as an additional 85 professionals in related fields like probation, learned from expert investigators and actual survivors how to detect signs of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and create strategies for reducing occurrences in their own communities.
· The commissioning of a first-of-its-kind national public opinion research study to assess the public’s awareness levels and general understanding of the issue area, presenting SEC as an issue in which there is little prior knowledge or awareness amongst the general public.
· A benefit festival in Salt Lake City where Child Rescue harnessed the power of art and entertainment to reach over 4,000 teenagers and attendees in one day – raising the level of awareness and prevention around the issue of the sexual exploitation of children by presenting speakers in between the 20 bands, including the Attorney General, Mayor, LAPD and an SEC survivor. Watch video footage from the event by clicking on the video to the left.
· A yearlong, youth-run awareness campaign at West Jordan High School in Salt Lake City, which included entrepreneurial opportunities where teens invented their own business propositions, including recording and selling their own music in order to raise money for further awareness of this crime.