GLITTER Is A Success!
May 3, 2012
GLITTER: (brinGing Local gIrls together To End tRafficking), an event organized by the senior Social Work class cohort, to provide education and prevention of human trafficking was recently held at Kuyper College. The event drew girls ages from age 11 to 14 from the local community.
The idea for the event grew after a senior social work class taught by Dr. Judi Meerman completed a community needs assessment and recognized the need to address the issue of human trafficking in the West Michigan area.
GLITTER, then, served as a means of raising awareness about trafficking, not only providing factual information, but also connecting the participants of the event with local advocacy agencies such as the Michigan Abolitionist Project, the Manasseh Project at Wedgewood Christian Service, and Women and Risk International, who work in the area of human trafficking prevention.
The girls and parents in attendance listened to a message by Jennifer McKinstry from the Michigan Abolitionist Project and Children’s Assessment Center. The girls were also participated in activities created to promote self-awareness and safety.