2023 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.
Voices for Children
The Transforming Sexual Abuse Survivors into Adult Thrivers program will provide surviviors of human trafficking youth, ages 12-20 years, with advocacy by specially trained staff and volunteer advocates. Goal is to gain trust with each youth and assist them in addressing and overcoming the physical, social and emotional challenges from being trafficked.
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont’s Nuturing, Valuing, and Protecting LGBTQIA+ Youth will provide training to approximately 150 – 225 adults who live and work with LBGTQIA+ youth in two regions in Vermont. The program targets the Northeast Kingdom area, the most rural area of Vermont, and Burlington, the most populated and diverse area/city in Vermont.
Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America’s (PCA) parent leadership initiative responds to the voiced desire of parents – in particular young moms – to actively contribute to the growth and sustainability of primary prevention and home visiting through advocacy and awareness building. The effort will be led by PCA America’s home visiting program, Healthy Families America (HFA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Human Trafficking Front
This organization was founded to be a research and advocacy organization dedicated to the study and prevention of human trafficking, modern slavery, and online child sexual exploitation through research, education, and capacity-building programs.
Through these efforts, we will empower communities, businesses, and governments to promote justice and positive social change.
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.