2022 PROJECTS WE SUPPORT
Childhood does not employ its own staff in the field but evaluates, monitors, and reviews project applications from other organizations, and provides funding for services for children in need.
The Bridge for Youth
The Bridge Mobile Outreach vehicle was purchased and retrofitted in early 2021 and initial outreach efforts began in July 2021. The outreach will provide trauma-informed care and will prioritize addressing immediate needs of youth ages 10-21 currently at risk of experiencing homelessness, with prioritization of youth who identify as BIPOC, and/or LGBTQ+ and sexually exploited youth.
BronxCare Health System
Bronx, New York
The Bronx Human Trafficking Task Force (BHTTF) works to develop an awareness of human trafficking, prevention strategies, and response efforts in the Bronx. BHTTF has expanded memberships to include a range of agencies and programs to assure that human trafficking victims have access to all services offered by its partner organizations, and that the community in general and leadership in particular are educated about human trafficking.
Child Sex Trafficking Action Team (C-STAT)
New York, NY
C-STAT, of the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics, project aim is to address the unmet health and social needs of child sex trafficking (CST) victims by training child health providers on trauma-informed, human rights-based, culturally appropriate, gender and developmentally appropriate care (online training module for health providers to be created). The goals of the project will be met through “Project E3: Engage, Entrust, Elevate” CST victims.
Darkness to Light
Childhood USA is a founding partner of the Child Safety Pledge coalition with Darkness to Light. The goal is the expansion of the Child Safety Pledge brand through the launch of the Child Safety Pledge website, initiating a paid advertising campaign, and development of parent/caregiver-focused “teaching moments” (such as short prevention trainings).
Girls for Gender Equity
New York, New York (5 Boroughs)
The Sister to Strength program is a restorative and healing justice-centered program that works alongside cis and trans girls and gender non-conforming (GNC) survivors of sexual violence and their allies to build the communities they imagine for their survival and beyond. The program will engage a cohort of girls 15-19 years old and their allies to lead change in their communities to end gender-based violence.
Massachusetts Society for a World Free of Sexual Harm (MASOC)
MASOC has developed The Massachusetts Child & Adolescent Assessment Protocol (M-CAPP), a process for evaluating adolescents who have sexually abusive behavior or other Problematic Sexual Behaviors. Goals of the program are to formalize partnerships with key agencies across MA, distribute the M-CAPP, and train professionals and establish a pilot program with local child protective services to utilize M-CAPP.
The University of Minnesota Foundation
Disrupting Youth Sex Trading in the Native+ Community will work with Native+ leaders and youth in Minnesota to identify promising strategies for disruption of sex trading and programming components that will attend to the historic and contemporary complexities of sexual exploitation in the Native+ community. The strategies and approaches identified and developed will potentially be widely applicable across Minnesota, the United States, Canada, and Indigenous nations.
Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
Responsible Behavior with Younger Children: An Adaptation for Teens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RBYC-IDD) is a program to adapt a promising school-based universal child sexual abuse prevention program (RBYC) for implementation with teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). When compared to their neurotypical peers, teens with IDD are at increased risk for experiencing CSA victimization and engaging in harmful sexual behavior themselves.
New York Foundling
New York, NY
The Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) works primarily with 3rd and 4th graders in schools throughout New York City to bring awareness in a developmentally appropriate form to students, including children with developmental delays and other disabilities. Child abuse prevention training is also provided to parents/caregivers and school personnel.
Safe & Sound
San Francisco, CA
The Child Safety Awareness program (CSA) provides training for kindergarten – 5th grade students in the San Francisco Unified School District. A goal of the CSA program is to increase children’s knowledge and personnel safety skills. The CSA program also works with parents/caregivers to increase their knowledge and skills to better support children’s safety knowledge.
Upper Manhattan, New York
Safe Horizon has a community-based network response to child sexual abuse and youth homelessness in Upper Manhattan. Childhood USA funding will help support the whole-program mental health engagement of youth at Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Uptown Drop-In Center. The Streetwork project provides an essential safety net for young people by providing easy access to a range of critical services in a low-threshold, non-judgmental manner designed to promote safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.
The Summer Institute Activist Program will assemble a competitively chosen planning committee of young college student activists to envision and plan the July 2022 Summer Activist Institute. The planning committee will select 20 stand-out high school applicants to participate in the Institute who will assemble to more deeply explore the roots of childhood abuse and cutting edge prevention models used to combat online abuse, and teach early intervention education.
Stop it Now!
United States (digital)
The Deterring Youth from Sexually Harming program recognizes the urgent need for resources supporting adolescents and young adults to address their own sexual questions and concerns, as well as behaviors that are harmful or could harm others. Key components of the program are the development of a new website (What’sOk.org) and helpline services to provide relevant, engaging support and resources to youth and young adults with concerns about their own sexual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
YouthLink’s drop-in center is a low barrier, inclusive refuge where young people ages 16-24, experiencing or at risk of homelessness, have access to basic needs as well as a full continuum of supportive services. Over 85% of the drop-in center youth are BIPOC. Funding from World Childhood USA will help expand the drop-in hours beginning in February 2022.
Child Safety Pledge
Childhood USA is a founding partner of the Child Safety Pledge coalition with Darkness to Light. Expansion of the child safety pledge brand, website and child sexual abuse PSAs focused on grandparents and responsible adults in the United States.