Supporting survivors in rebuilding their lives, finding their voice, and becoming leaders.
ONE ON ONE MENTORING
Our Survivor Mentor Program pairs exploited youth, or youth suspected of being exploited, with an adult female survivor of the commercial sex industry. This powerful relationship helps young victims of exploitation build the intangible skills that they need to be successful, healthy adults: self-worth, a positive self-image, the ability to trust, and the tools to know how and where to seek help when they need it.
In our strength-based leadership initiative, we aim to build the skills of girls who are often not seen as leaders or given access to opportunities to achieve excellence. We strive to involve girls in meaningful work that builds their skills as leaders within the organization and in the larger national movement against exploitation. Our Leadership Corps has advised service providers from law enforcement, forensic interviewers, the District Attorney's office, and Child Protective Services; created informational materials for parents, students, and exploited youth; and has met with city and state leaders to discuss commercial exploitation.
INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT
Mentees receive personalized case management support in the areas of educational and career planning, life-skills, health and wellness, and substance abuse.
Community is very important to exploited and marginalized youth. To build community among our mentees and staff, we host events and programs throughout the year including:
- Soul Food Dinner night, home cooked meal by MLMC staff for mentees
- Beach day – Mentees and staff spend the day at the beach
- Holiday Party for mentees and staff
- Annual Beyond Exploitation Girls Conference
- Other group opportunities that foster community and a sense of belonging.