Progress Report on the Implementation of
CAASE’s Prevention Curriculum:
Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation
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:
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.
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:
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.
“A Year End Reflection…”
Progress Report on the Implementation of
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:
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!
“Another School Year Begins…”
CAASE’s Prevention Programming:
Although high school hallways are quiet during the summer, the prevention team at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation has stayed busy. In addition to planning and scheduling with our school partners, the team has worked to expand the number of program offerings. During the summer months, the prevention team created five new single-session workshops that will be offered to schools this year. In addition, they also created a service-learning component to accompany every in-school program that CAASE offers. Now teachers and counselors will be even better equipped to help students execute a successful service project around the information they have learned. By providing this, CAASE expects that even more of the ideas created by students can become actions.
The efforts this summer have prepared CAASE to continue growing the program and truly empower young people to become part of the solution to sexual violence, exploitation, and trafficking. CAASE hopes to build on last year’s success by adding at least five more schools with our programming. By broadening our offerings, we believe we will be better able to meet this goal.
With your continued support of CAASE’s educational outreach, more and more young people are becoming aware of the problems that sexual violence and exploitation presents to their community. As one young man said, “Prostitution is the scar on America’s face, it’s there, but you don’t talk about it.” He went on to explain that he wanted to help others learn about this problem. Thank you for your support of this young activist, because as awareness becomes action, violence and harm will begin to decrease.
“Another Academic Year Closes…”
“I learned that over 90% of women involved with prostitution want to leave, but can’t.”
“I learned it can be harmful to disrespect women.”
“I will treat women, even if I don’t know them, with respect, because you never know what they may be going through, alone.”
“I will stop watching porn.”
“I will never go to strip clubs.”
“I will hold my friends accountable for their actions, and be more respectful and responsible myself.”
“We will plan a rally in this neighborhood to raise awareness.”
These are just some of the responses given by the young men who participated in Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation this year. As the school year closes, CAASE can report that over 1,000 young men from 12 different schools in Chicago have participated in the 4-session curriculum. Some of the teachers and counselors from these schools have reported that students have planned a variety of awareness-raising efforts, including neighborhood rallies and YouTube videos, as well as service projects like clothing drives for domestic violence shelters. They have also noticed students in the halls and in the cafeteria holding each other accountable for their language and actions toward women.
In addition to Empowering Young Men…, CAASE has created and implemented Empowering Young Women… as a companion curriculum for schools with co-ed classes. This year CAASE has also created several one-session workshops covering topics like trafficking, sexual harassment, consent, and masculinity which are becoming very popular. During this spring alone, nearly 650 students—both young men and young women—have participated in the new workshops.
With your continued support of CAASE’s educational outreach, more and more young people are becoming aware of the problems that sexual violence and exploitation presents to their community. As their awareness becomes action, violence and harm will slowly begin to decrease. Thank you again for supporting our outreach efforts, because with support like yours we will be able to continue building a generation of allies who stand together against sexual harm.
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