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Illinois is ranked eighth in the nation for human trafficking, and Rockford, our community, is ranked second in the state behind Chicago. The average age at which girls enter the sex trade is 12 years old! Thus, the need for intentional programming to assist older girls identify potential dangers while building on the basics of building friendships with younger girls. Girl Scouts tailor programs to meet the individual needs of girls which not only impacts academic engagement but also assists girls to avoid risky behaviors and teaches girls to be empowered leaders. We believe the addition of our Healthy Relationships programming will build understanding of healthy intimate relationships and awareness and prevention of human trafficking for girl’s ages 10 – 15 will be a “Game Changer” setting girls up for success in life. There is no organization currently targeting awareness and prevention programs specifically for preteen and teenage girls in Rockford.

The $25,000 would address this cause in the following ways: • Provide financial assistance for every girl to become a member of GSUSA. No girl will be required to pay the membership fee or be turned away for inability to pay allowing for a greater number of girls participate in the programming. • Provide for an expert consultant to assist in development of the Human Trafficking part of the programming, train facilitators and evaluation of the program ensuring success of the programming. • Provide a portion of salaries for 15 part-time facilitators who lead troops at 24 sites including schools and community centers ensuring consistent delivery of the program and allow facilitators to build relationships with girls in the program. • Proved supplies and materials needed for expansion of the middle school human trafficking programming.

Rockford, IL, is highly committed to working on the issue of Human Trafficking which has become epidemic in our community. Through our work with the Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and the City of Rockford Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention we are poised as a community and as an organization to eradicate Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. We are working as a team, supporting and assisting one another in our various areas of work. Failure is not an option and working together we understand the positive impact that we will be able to have on girls and women. The impact of this grant will last for years to come as it will assist us in developing lasting programming and evaluation techniques that will be used for current and future generations as we tackle this problem.