Our generation taking a stand against modern-day slavery.
Youth4Abolition (Y4A) is a unique, award-winning human trafficking prevention and awareness program focusing on empowering our nation’s youth to protect themselves, educate their friends and advocate for those still trapped.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and is one challenge of this generation. Social change is happening all around us and this crime should no longer remain in the shadows.
WE MUST PUT A STOP TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Average age teen
enters sex trade
Y4A DEVELOPS LEADERS
Our leaders are charged with building awareness around the issue, sharing the message with their peers and the community and are given ownership of the program.
OUR BIGGEST WEAPON IS EDUCATION
Y4A works in schools, churches, colleges, and community groups. Human trafficking does not discriminate and we are all vulnerable. Our biggest weapon is education. We work with both the general public and those identified as higher risk populations.
WHY WE EXIST
Human Trafficking is THE issue for OUR generation. Every year over 300,000 young children average age 12 are sold into the sex slave trade in the US. We are the target of this hideous hidden crime and we want to end it. We are educating ourselves, our friends and our community on the issue of Human Trafficking and specifically Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). We teach facts and prevention, organize awareness events and make a HUGE difference in our communities and beyond towards ending this crime with OUR generation.
Youth4Abolition was founded in 2014 as the prevention and awareness arm of On Eagles Wings (OEW), a 501c3 organization here in the Carolinas which focuses on rescue and restoration of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) victims. OEW seeks to prevent those from falling victim to sex trafficking, offer assistance to those still trapped, and restore those who have survived by offering hope, empowerment, and a brighter future. OEW Hope House™ was the 1st CARF Certified shelter for girl-survivors of human trafficking in the US and has since served over 500 youth survivors in putting their lives back together. Over the past six years, Y4A has grown exponentially in size and impact, engaging thousands of youth in working to abolish modern-day slavery.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Y4A USES TRAINED VOLUNTEER STUDENT LEADERS.
Our powerful six-part human trafficking curriculum is designed by award-winning educators and curriculum specialists. The Youth4Abolition curriculum & toolkit is eye-opening, impactful, and effective in building awareness and prevention of this horrible crime. It is engaging and empowering for all students who participate.
IMPACT OF PEER-TO-PEER
A 2018 study found that peer-to-peer education creates greater confidence and independence in learning, and a deeper understanding. This reinforces the foundation that if you teach a peer a subject, your personal knowledge also grows and the message is more likely to be retained and understood.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
~ Ben Franklin
International Director, Youth4Abolition
Cindy joined On Eagles Wings as the first International Director of Youth4Abolition in 2017. Cindy brings 25+ years of experience working in marketing leading Fortune 50 companies before starting a career in non-profit.
Cindy’s not-for-profit leadership includes founding several grass-roots non-profits, serving the underserved and youth both in the US and Africa. Her passion for working with human trafficking prevention and awareness has led to tremendous growth and innovation of Youth4Abolition and its Y4A youth leaders. In 2018, Cindy was awarded the prestigious “One Meck” Community Recognition Award by US Representative Alma Adams (NC- 12) for making an award-winning impact in our local community.
Volunteer and Youth4Abolition Manager
Genevieve joined Youth4Abolition three years ago as the Curriculum Specialist and evolved into her current position. She has her Masters in Organizational Leadership and is a Licensed Life Coach through the International Coaching Federation. For the last several of years, she has focused on Volunteer Development and program growth for Youth4Abolition while also educating the masses on everything human trafficking. Thirteen years ago, she started presenting and working with teenagers, parents and community groups on everything screens. Her knowledge base ties in well with human trafficking as many victims first point of contact is through a device. She also works as a Consultant for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- the learning company and holds certifications in a variety of personality assessments.
Designer & Developer
Kristen is a graduate of the Portfolio Center design program and has worked as a freelance designer since leaving her position as a visual communication specialist at the National Gallery of Art 15 years ago. She has a front-end web development tech degree which compliments her graphic design roots and expanding developer skill set, enabling her to make focused, fresh, and impactful web designs. She is a life-long learner whose intellectual pursuits enhance the context which she applies to her design and development. Kristen was honored to be a part of the team to facilitate the transition of the Youth4Abolitionsm website.