Combating Human Trafficking
There is a waging war on our next generation in the form of modern-day slavery. It is real, hidden in plain sight, and tearing at the social fabric of every nation, economic structure, and even our schools. Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. Knowing the signs to look for and the right responses to provide are vital in helping to identify victims. Education is key to prevention of human trafficking.
During the sessions, attendees will learn motivating and engaging Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Prevention Strategies and techniques that are age-appropriate, well-designed resources, that are immediately applicable addressing Human Rights, Character Development, Relationship Boundaries, & Digital Safety. The attendees will also learn how to bring awareness of the crafty and tricky methods that human traffickers and online predators use, how to identify vulnerability traits, and how to take action against this injustice.
Valerie has dedicated 30+ years to the field of education in various roles as a National Board Certified Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Mentor/Coach, Florida Department Of Education Human Trafficking Education Specialist, International Educational Consultant, and Best-Selling Author. Her books and resources in the areas of literacy, self-worth, and human trafficking have been inspiring educators to motivate and engage today’s whole learners, impacting young adults in classrooms and universities globally in 37 Nations.
In addition, she helped align a Primary Prevention Curriculum for 6,000 Thailand students and worked with South Africa to bring human trafficking awareness to nearly two million students. Currently, Valerie is A21’s Global Education Curriculum Specialist for human trafficking. She travels the globe to inspire and cultivate healthy educational environments for learning. Valerie is a devoted wife, mother of four adult children, and a proud “Nonna” to four grandchildren with one more on the way in 2022. She lives for creating healthy schools and families!
International Educational Projects Include:
● Honduras - University of Honduras and Honduras Department of Education - Trained 400 leaders in their capital who each represented a school in the nation. Developed “bully-proof your school” prevention program.
● Dominican Republic - Created a cross-curricular Language and Culture Curriculum for (MLB) Major League Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates Academies for 12+ year-old player development program reaching 1,000 players; Provided custom training for 18 Major League Baseball clubs on “Cultivating the Whole Player”, mobilizing them to perform 3,000 hours of community service.
● Nigeria - Created curriculum for Saint Mary’s Press (SMP), Worked with University of Nigeria and Catholic Diocese of Nsukka to create a Leadership Conference and Train-the-trainer model, training over a 100 of their lead educators in the region to become trainers.
● Zimbabwe - Established resources and professional training to help develop educators and school culture that is rigorous, engaging, and relevant for students. 4,000 students impacted from the training we provided.
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