Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.
Aug 15, 2013

Status Report: July 2013

Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s Prevention Curriculum:

Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation

 

July, 2013

 

The school year in Chicago ended a few weeks ago, and the prevention education team at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation is taking a moment to pause and reflect. 

 

During the 2012-13 school year, the prevention educators:

 

  • Facilitated Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation with 439 young men between the ages of 14 and 18;
  • Facilitated Empowering Young Women to End Sexual Exploitation with 344 young women between the ages of 14 and 18;
  • Presented workshops on topics such as healthy relationships, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and human trafficking to 1088 young people between the ages of 14 and 18; and
  • Presented in 15 high schools in Chicago, 9 of which were new partnerships.

 

The goal for the 2012-13 academic year was to present in 12 schools and to bring programming to 2,000 students.  We surpassed our school goal, and reached 1871 students—very nearly reaching our goal.  Word of the success of the high school programming has reached the elementary and middle schools, and they have been requesting programming for their students.  The CAASE prevention team is taking the summer to adapt some of the programming for younger ages, and we hope to be able to pilot the first of these programs in the fall.

 

This program is continuing to each day, and is now receiving national attention for the innovative way in which it engages young people—especially young men—in a conversation about ending sexual violence and exploitation.  Please continue to support CAASE’s prevention team as we continue to empower the young men and women of Chicago to make a difference. 

Apr 4, 2013

Spring Update

Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s Prevention Curriculum:

Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation

 

April, 2013

 

Spring has traditionally been a very busy time for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’s education team.  As schools end their spring breaks, they begin a mad dash begins to squeeze in as many workshops as possible before the school year comes to a close.  Needless to say, this keeps the team very busy. 

 

So far, in 2013 the prevention educators have:

 

  • Facilitated Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation with 387 young men between the ages of 14 and 18;
  • Facilitated Empowering Young Women to End Sexual Exploitation with 294 young women between the ages of 14 and 18;
  • Presented workshops on topics such as healthy relationships, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and human trafficking to 739 young people between the ages of 14 and 18;
  • Scheduled presentations and workshops for the rest of the spring with the remainder of our partner schools;
  • Begun revising the program evaluation tool with the help of a doctoral student;
  • Begun adapting the Empowering Youth curricula for lower grade levels; and
  • Distributed both the Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation and the Empowering Young Women to End Sexual Exploitation curricula in two more states.

 

By the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, the CAASE prevention educators expect to have reached well over 2000 students in 11 different schools across the city of Chicago, and inspired at least three student-led service projects.  Thank you for your support of our efforts.  This program is continuing to each day, and is now receiving national attention for the innovative way in which it engages young people—especially young men—in a conversation about ending sexual violence and exploitation.  Please continue to support CAASE’s prevention team as we continue to empower the young men and women of Chicago to make a difference. 

Dec 21, 2012

A Year End Reflection...

“A Year End Reflection…”

 Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s Prevention Curriculum:

Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation

 December, 2012

 The first semester of the 2012-13 school year has been filled with exciting new developments for the prevention education efforts of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.  The team has continued to develop new relationships with schools in Chicago that want to bring CAASE’s curriculum to its students, and has also developed partnerships with organizations in other states.

 Here is a list of our accomplishments this year:

  • Established relationships with and presented Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation in two new schools this fall.
  • Established relationships with an additional five schools that will receive presentations this spring.
  • Established a relationship with and presented in a residential home for boys.
  • Continued presenting in our partner schools.
  • Created and started implementing Empowering Young Women to End Sexual Exploitation as a companion curriculum to our young men’s program.
  • Partnered with the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation to write two new curricula that are being used by teachers around the country to teach students about modern-day slavery.
  • Conducted a training in Indiana to teach 35 prevention educators from across the state on how to use Empowering Young Men and Empowering Young Women.

Thank you for your support of our efforts.  Now young men from not only Chicago, but from across the country, are empowered and equipped to end sexual exploitation in their communities.  The task is far from over, though.  For every new school we work with, two more call interested in our curricula, and it requires funding in order to continue providing schools with this vital program free of charge.  Government grants are evaporating and we and must rely even more on individual donors like you.  Your continued support has never been more important.  Thank you, and happy holidays!

 

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