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iEmpathize - The Empower Youth Program: Exploitation Prevention for Teens

As an approved practitioner of the Empower Youth Program, The Blue Bench is proud to bring this curriculum to metro-Denver area teens. This has included programs at the Gilliam Youth Services Center and the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center.

iEmpathize is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to combating crimes against children with a mission to evoke empathy and empower people to eradicate child exploitation. The Empower Youth Program was first developed in 2011 to address the great need for prevention programming with at-risk youth. Through collaborative efforts with survivors of human trafficking, experts in the field of education and educational psychology, law enforcement, and victim advocacy experts, iEmpathize developed content that addresses issues of child exploitation without sensationalizing the concepts. By inspiring students to develop empathy for those around them, the curriculum distinguishes itself as an exploitation awareness tool as well as a character education program with far-reaching transformative potential for your school, classroom, or youth program. Program features include:

  1. Flexibly designed for environments ranging from traditional academic classrooms to after-school youth programs to individual counseling sessions.
  2. Intended for youth in 7th grade and up.
  3. Supplemental Friendly: The program can be integrated into existing curricula or existing initiatives.
  4. Aligns with Health Education standards and Common Core Career Readiness standards.
  5. The most impactful feature of the program is its teen showcase. The media content is led by youth who speak from their experiences of learning to navigate vulnerability.

The program is a five lesson unit comprised of two short films per lesson, discussion questions, classroom activities, and assessment options. Each lesson is 20 minutes in length with optional extension activities up to 60 minutes.

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