Tag: Prevention Project

Feature #2 of our New “How To” Series

“How to” …make a difference: fund-raise while tailoring to your interests!

As RJI has been extending our reach, we have been making plans to build our staff and bolster our annual curriculum updates. This type of organizational development allows us to provide excellent prevention materials to schools that are relevant and poignant, able to offer real prevention and lasting change. Here is the hard truth: we cannot do any of this growing without funding! In this season especially, we are encouraging everyone who wants to protect our nation’s youth to join our fund development effort.

Fundraising is not arbitrarily asking for money through gritted teeth, but rather inviting people into something they can be proud to be a part of. You are the bridge between donors and the good/meaningful work they want to put their dollar to.

No matter your experience in fundraising, you can be a part of our effort to garner support for RJI’s work! Dig deep into your background and your interests and pinpoint what it is you are good at, and what makes your heart skip a little faster with excitement. These passions and talents allow you to offer something unique to the mission- do not let them go to waste! Below are a couple of examples, but feel free to create your own, with all proceeds going to RJI. -If you love to cook, host a dinner party! Invite your friends and let them know that the proceeds benefit the Prevention Project program for teens! Charge for entry: only 15 friends at $30 a head raises a quick $450!

-If your passion is “DIY” crafts, buy some art supplies or old curious and repurpose it into something beautiful to sell to others!

-Do we have any exercise guru’s? Plan a day to lead a large group exercise class,  and advertise the Prevention Project to friends and community, accepting a donation of any type for class admittance.

-Have a special event coming up?  Celebrate your special occasion with us! We’re launching a new opportunity where you can invite others to celebrate with you by donating to RJI for your special occasion – your birthday, anniversary, holiday gift, graduation, mother’s day, father’s day, etc.! EVERY gift makes a huge impact in the lives of students! The image above is yours to use (or email us if you would like a larger size image), if you so choose, and you can link directly to our website in your ask: https://richmondjusticeinitiative.com/donate/

Thank you for helping us reach more students by raising funds in a way only YOU can!

Pictured above: Use the graphic above (or email us if you would like a larger size image) on your special occasion to raise awareness and funds for the Prevention Project!  Creativity is endless – how will you make a difference?

Feature #1 of our New “How To” Series

“How to”…give to the mission of justice, even if you have no funds to contribute.

When fighting human trafficking, giving monetary support to organizations that already have the structure, the strategy, the connections and the “know-how” is a huge way to be an agent of change, but it is most certainly not the only way. While it is of paramount importance for nonprofits to receive donations to stay alive and strong, there are other ways to contribute to that nonprofit’s work without doing so financially.

  1. Spreading awareness is one of the most important keys to preventing trafficking situations. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all valuable tools in warning about potential dangers posed by traffickers as well as exposing that slavery still exists.  These platforms also can help connect people who want to donate to the organizations that could use their dollar for good.
  2. Becoming a Prevention Project Ambassador. We at RJI provide trainings for those wanting to bring life-saving information about human trafficking to middle and high schools, church youth groups, and youth programs. Trainings cover everything from important facts about human trafficking to the Prevention Project curriculum itself, how to implement the program and the impact it is having on students. Contact joell@rvaji.com if this sparks your interest!
  3. Prayer is the strongest force against human trafficking. Please remember to keep RJI and the work that we are doing with the Prevention Project® program in your prayers. If you are interested in becoming more active in preventing human trafficking, click here to sign up on our volunteer interest form and to receive our prayer updates.

Education Unlocks Freedom

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” -George Washington Carver

I never knew about human trafficking.” “Knowing that people my age, people younger are the target for all of this, it hurts”. These and many other similar sentiments are echoed in the classroom as teenage students learn about the facts and lures of teen human trafficking through RJI’s Prevention Project program.

Many ask how we can prevent human trafficking. As many survivors of human trafficking have said, it is so important to understand how traffickers lure teens into trafficking situations, because once you know the signs, you can help yourself and others in your school, church, and community not fall prey and know what to do when trafficking does occur in our communities. The purpose of the Prevention Project is to prevent trafficking from occurring and to help those who are currently in a trafficking situation. By equipping students, teachers, and counselors with the educational tools needed to understand, identify, and safely report trafficking situations, we use education as the tool to ‘unlock the golden door of freedom’.

We celebrate as many schools will be teaching the Prevention Project at their schools this fall: Hermitage High School, Godwin High School, Goochland High School, to name a few local schools. RJI is also in process of working with and reaching out to many other local schools as well as schools in multiple states. To find out more information and to get the Prevention Project program into schools in your community, please contact Jessica at Jessica@prevention-project.org.

I don’t know where I would be now without The Prevention Project! The Prevention Project is probably the most life-altering thing that has happened to me so far.” –Prevention Project student

Written by: Jessica Willis
Richmond Justice Initiative Prevention Project Manager

Prevention Project Classroom
{Above pictures © A Girl Named Leney, Prevention Project year three students}

Intern Testimonies

Here at RJI we greatly appreciate our interns. We could not do the work we do without hard-working passionate interns on our team. Below read about two of our recent interns and what they had to say about working with us:

 

KylieKylie: Advocacy Intern

My advocacy internship with the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) was an absolutely amazing experience. During my internship, I learned how to work in a professional environment and take on the responsibilities of being a part of a team. I left my advocacy internship more knowledgeable about public policy and the political inter-working of local, state, and federal governments. I was exposed to a network of organizations and contacts that will prove to be beneficial in my future professional endeavors. I was so grateful for the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. twice to observe how one of RJI’s partners, the International Justice Mission (IJM) works to fight human trafficking on a global level and to lobby with them at their annual Advocacy Summit. The most influential part of my internship was experiencing a work place that is grounded in the love and hope that God provides. Dealing with something as unjust as human trafficking is very difficult and the fact that RJI believes that God is the only source of strength that can combat this was very impacting. My co-workers learned to put their hope in God so that they would not become discouraged in this challenging work. RJI’s reliance on God sets it apart from other organizations in that it taps into a never-ending source of strength and energy. RJI’s work environment was extremely friendly and supportive. The staff took time to understand my personality so that I could excel. My internship with RJI has given me so much that I will take into my professional life after college, but more importantly it has helped me to understand how to take on the challenges of life, and that is through the strength of God. I am so thankful for the opportunity they gave to me and would highly recommend RJI to any person looking for a great internship experience.

 

MelissaMelissa: Prevention Project Intern

When God moves your heart and tugs at your soul, the only thing to do is follow Him. The thing I love about interning with Richmond Justice Initiative in the Prevention Project department is seeing a spark light up in other people, especially students. The best part is seeing people be moved to change the lives of people affected by human trafficking because you know difference makers are arising. Even in the day to day office tasks, whether it is answering emails, creating documents, or organizing paperwork, as an intern you are making a difference in the fight against human trafficking. There is soul satisfaction in doing God’s work to bring justice. When I finish my days after working for RJI, I always feel that I made a difference in some way that day. Some days are tougher than others because of the heart wrenching subject matter that we research, but the best thing is having a supporting staff that is always there to share the sorrows and pray for the justice. I feel like I have grown in so many areas of my life through interning with RJI, for example learning to rely on God solely, understanding how to be a business professional, learning the importance of lawmaking, learning the potential that I have personally to help change the world, and so much more. Through it all I learned you can do anything with God and amazing people who continuously support you.

 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people  light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16