Prince William County Public Schools is the recipient of a Howard L. Greenhouse large program grant for a second year from the Potomac Health Foundation to support a project to increase awareness and knowledge of domestic human trafficking of youth by educating students, parents, teachers, and the general public. Additionally, the program aims to prevent the most vulnerable from becoming faceless victims and restore victims of sexual exploitation so they may find healing.
PHF funds were used in the first year to develop an appropriate curriculum for students. This curriculum has been recognized nationally and will continue to be used to educate students during the school year. Trainings for social workers and school personnel will be conducted and outreach will be conducted to parents. There will be further development of public service announcements to educate the public. In addition, a trained social worker will continue to work with at-risk and identified youth.
Partners in the project include the county’s Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Service (SAVAS); the Gang Prevention and Intervention Health Support Services project at the
Greater PrinceWilliamCommunityHealthCenter; and PrinceWilliamCountyDepartment of Social Services.