Kristi House’s program to provide educational support, vocational training, jobs skills development and career planning for girls overcoming sex trafficking is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime, with The Children’s Trust, The Joseph F. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation, The Batchelor Foundation, Lovelight Foundation and other private donors providing match support.
Kristi House’s Project GOLD—the first and longest-running program in large Miami-Dade County dedicated to child sex trafficking—operates the only Drop In Center in South Florida exclusively for underage girls overcoming trafficking. At the Drop In Center girls receive restorative services, including case management, therapy, advocacy, transportation, and educational and recreational enrichment.
Experience has demonstrated that in addition to wrap-around services, positive adults and a non-judgmental, trauma-informed, survivor-focused approach, girls need vocational training, job skills and career planning help them find paths to futures not involving trafficking. Project GOLD Bridges to the Future is addressing this vital component with one-to-one counseling, educational and vocational support and connections in the community to identify strengths, forge linkages and routes out of trafficking.
Bridges to the Future provides vocational/skills training, tutoring, financial counseling, job readiness assistance, education programs, and assistance with educational and professional certifications, internships and apprenticeships. Key staff bring vocational and career counseling experience to the program with a Faculty Team comprised of several highly experienced university researchers and community professionals providing project guidance to make a difference in girls’ futures. This program is building upon service to some 500 girls since Project GOLD began.
So far, 25 internships and jobs have been secured by girls participating in Bridges to the Future.
We invite businesses and agencies in South Florida to join us in helping provide young women with on-the-job training and meaningful internships to help them forge their path out of trafficking.
Please contact Kadie Black for more information on how you can help these young survivors restore their lives with productive work experiences.