The LifeEdge Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The LifeEdge program will provide specialized, trauma-informed, services and support for youth who have experienced sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, with a goal to help them heal, reduce the risk of re-exploitation, rebuild their lives, and thrive.

The program is designed to support children and youth across the continuum of care from early intervention in crisis through to stabilization, transition, and reintegration. This program is for youth ages 12-17 who have been sexually exploited and/or sex trafficked.

Central to LifeEdge is a strengths-based, relationship-based philosophy of care and a belief in the resilience of youth. 

The LifeEdge Program will support youth to build necessary life skills, meet their unique needs, explore their interests and strengths, safety plan, heal from trauma, and work toward their individualized goals.

GROUP/CLASSROOM

An instructor will:
  • Teach life skills in areas such as critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Provide instruction in the areas of nutrition/cooking skills, and financial literacy
  • Educate on healthy relationships, self-awareness and empathy
  • Educate on the realities of sexual exploitation
  • Provide opportunities for cultural, recreational and leisure activities
  • Teach basic literacy skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics
  • Provide job readiness training, media literacy etc.

PEER MENTORSHIP

A mentor/advocate will:
  • Provide support and encouragement in group and individual settings
  • Provide active support working with participants on achieving their goals
  • Educate on the realities of sex trafficking
  • Support participants in recreational, cultural and educational activities in the community and teach basic life skills
  • Support participants to attend appointments and in accessing resources

Participants will be provided with financial incentives for their enrollment in the day program to encourage access to key supports and services and to reduce the likelihood of re-exploitation.

CASE MANAGEMENT

A case manager will:
  • Assess emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, and cultural needs
  • Assess risk, develop safety and care plans
  • Encourage participants to lead the development of their goals
  • Coordinate services with collaterals
  • Advocate for services
Hours of Operations:
Mon: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
In Classroom: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please fill out the form below if you or someone you know would like to learn more about the LifeEdge Program.