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.
Dec 17, 2013

Winter Update

Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s Prevention Curriculum:

Empowering Youth to End Sexual Exploitation

 

December, 2013

 

Although the academic year is not quite halfway done, the calendar year is almost over.  As such, it seems like a nice time to reflect on the efforts of the prevention team’s efforts.

 

In 2013 the prevention educators:

 

  • Facilitated Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation with 486 young men between the ages of 14 and 18;
  • Facilitated Empowering Young Women to End Sexual Exploitation with 407 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 1,002 young people between the ages of 14 and 18;
  • Maintained partnerships with 15 Chicago high schools;
  • Completed the adaptation of the Empowering Youth Curriculum for lower grade levels; and
  • Presented on exploitation prevention education work at conferences in five different states and in Canada.

 

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. 

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. 

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