Beyond Awareness

Our new Text Effects awareness project uses targeted messaging to educate and empower youth and adults alike on the real dangers youth face in exploitative and dangerous situations

Research has shown that text and instant messaging is an effective mode to provide informational support to vulnerable groups, such as teenagers, in moments of particular worry. The text stories we release are based on the real-life experiences of our clients and data collected from our case management team. They are aimed to reveal true stories through text conversations, and also include the thoughts, or true intentions, of those who may seek to place young people in danger. These thoughts are those that are typically unknown and leave our young people with the inability to foresee harmful situations.

If you want to take action, here are three things you can do right now:

As a parent

Here are the top 3 things you can do

Learn the signs
Start the conversation
Monitor online activity

As a teen

Here are the top 3 things you can do

Lift your voice
Recognize red flags
Stay safe online

Text Effects is going beyond tradition awareness

We aim to:

1) use accessible technology to create new methods to educate and empower youth and adults.
2) leverage the real-life experiences of youth from our Center to “reach and teach” other youth
3) equip parents/other adults with unique approaches necessary to ensure youth have zero deterrence to reaching out if or when they find themselves in a dangerous or challenging situation.

Data Facts

In 2019, youthSpark served 163 youth with:

657 Units
Criminal Justice Support / Advocacy / Accompaniment
Raised our voice in court in support of our youth

1,652 Units
Individual Support And Counseling
Provided open communication when our youth needed us the most

565 Units
Group Therapy
Our young people participated in our weekly support group

510 Units
Transportation Assistance
Provided transportation to our Center

121 Acts
Crisis Intervention
Assisted our young people in manage a life-threatening crisis

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