A few months ago, Sara had the incredible opportunity of speaking to over 300 teachers in Henrico County about the importance of teaching about modern Day Slavery to their students. She explained that in the United States, children as young as 11 yrs old are lured into this industry, and it is important to reach them at this middle school level to prevent them from potentially being in that situation. We also wanted to educate the kids on this issue as it relates to globalism, and also to raise up future abolitionists!
After this engagement, our first call came from a teacher at Fairfield Middle School. They were very excited to be a part of a pilot program to raise awareness amongst the students as well as raise funds for RJI. Our first meeting began with educating the kids on what injustice means, and what it is not. We were honored to have Major Steve Drew from Richmond’s Police Department come to speak to the kids about how to remain safe in their neighborhoods. We also showed a short clip from Internaional Justice Mission about a student who raised money for IJM by collecting loose change, which turned into a whole program that IJM uses today! We ended the meeting with a contest! We wanted to make sure the students really owned this program, so we had a contest for the name of the program! We had so many great entires, but the winner was, Falcon’s Against Child Exploitation (FACE).
The program will run through June, with a different lesson each month and we are so excited to see the impact this program will have on the kids in the program, but also the impact THEY will have on the entire school! Stay tuned! Also if you are interested in helping with this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“Its amazing to see such young kids with such a passion and heart to serve so early on, its the generation after us that will have to fight what we are teaching them now.” –Tessa Smucker, photographer
“Seeing how engaged they are is so exciting to me, it blesses my heart. I’m so excited to see the results of hard work from these kids in the next few months. They have beautiful dreams and ideas and I’m blessed to be apart of the process.” – Kourtney Hetrick, RJI Staff
“Seeing the kids get passionate about something that has so much impact on their world and the world they will grow up and seeing them want to make a difference was encouraging and made me excited about the future of RJI and the abolitionist movement of the future!” – Mary Hampton Elam, RJI Volunteer