News-Press, Fort Myers, FL – August 21, 2017– Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (HTAP) receives $5000. grant from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation in support of its human trafficking prevention work in afterschool, summer camp and in-school programs for children between the ages of 8 and 18. Funds from this grant will go in part to the school programs held in middle and high school classes in Lee County and for afterschool programs, including HTAP’s ARTREACH program which teaches children what trafficking is, how it may affect them and how to protect themselves and others.
Through the creation of art which they produce collaboratively and which is displayed and exhibited, others may learn what they have learned and children may be able to take action to protect themselves and educate their peers. “Children need to learn how to protect themselves and they need to understand that they can take action to educate others so they remain safe as well. We want to prevent victimization before it happens,” says Nola Theiss, Founder and Executive Director of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships.
For more information, please contact Nola Theiss: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships
HTAP was founded in 2006, Our mission is to prevent human trafficking by empowering individuals through education and collaborative action in SW Florida. We train professionals, community groups and government agencies about the signs of trafficking and how to develop a protocol for reporting and caring for victims.
In 2010, HTAP widened its focus to educating children, ages 8 to 18, through its ARTREACH 10 hour program. Young people learn about trafficking and how it affects them and how they can protect themselves and others. They collaboratively create large canvases which depict trafficking situations, solutions, and warnings for their viewers. Youth have created over 160 paintings which are available for exhibition. HTAP conducts other youth programs and is working with the Lee County School District to reach students in schools.
HTAP works collaboratively with many local organizations, such as A.C.T., Our Mothers Home, PACE schools in Lee and Collier Counties, Police and Sheriff Departments in SW Florida, Boys & Girls Clubs, AFCAAM, Dunbar Community School, Stars Complex, YMCA, churches and community centers.