A generation of young people committed to ending human trafficking.
Youth4Abolition℠ (Y4A) is a youth-led, peer-to-peer, human trafficking prevention and awareness program focused on empowering our nation's youth to protect themselves, educate their friends and share their knowledge and skills throughout their communities.
Y4A sets up chapters in high schools, colleges and churches across North and South Carolina. Each chapter is run by a dedicated student leader with the help of their Y4A Coach and Adult Sponsor. Once the Chapter President is trained on our state-of-the-art curriculum, they deliver the information to their peers throughout the year.
OUR BIGGEST WEAPON IS EDUCATION
Youth4Abolition is all about starting the conversation regarding the true dangers of Human Trafficking. Education and awareness is the most effective way to prevent this crime. The more people who know the warning signs the better. Having this knowledge helps young people stay safe and protect others.
Y4A DEVELOPS LEADERS
Chapter Presidents have the opportunity to make a difference in their community while building personal and professional skills. Taking on a leadership role to inspire real change builds positive character traits. The Chapter President will learn how to communicate professionally, deliver presentations, plan events, and fundraise.
WHY WE EXIST
The average age that someone becomes a victim of sex trafficking in the US is 12 years old. Young people are are targeted the most by human traffickers because they are more vulnerable. Members of the young generation have a duty to stand up for their fellow young people. We are educating ourselves, our friends and our community on the issue of Human Trafficking and specifically Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Y4A gets our message out to prevent further victimization.
Youth4Abolition℠ was founded in 2014 as the prevention and awareness arm of On Eagles Wings (OEW), a 501c3 organization here in the Carolinas which focuses on rescue and restoration of sex trafficking victims. OEW seeks to prevent those from falling victim to sex trafficking, offer assistance to those still trapped, and restore those who have survived by offering hope, empowerment, and a brighter future. Over the past nine years, Y4A has grown exponentially in size and impact, engaging thousands of youth in working to abolish human trafficking.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Y4A USES TRAINED VOLUNTEER STUDENT LEADERS
Our powerful seven-part human trafficking curriculum is designed by award-winning educators and curriculum specialists. The Youth4Abolition℠ curriculum is eye-opening, impactful, and effective in building awareness and prevention of this horrible crime. It is engaging and empowering for all students who participate.
IMPACT OF PEER-TO-PEER
A 2018 study found that peer-to-peer education creates greater confidence and independence in learning, and a deeper understanding. This reinforces the foundation that if you teach a peer a subject, your personal knowledge also grows and the message is more likely to be retained and understood.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
~ Ben Franklin
Director of Youth4Abolition℠
Alexa Arciero is from Charlotte, NC and holds a degree in Media and Journalism from UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to being Y4A Director, she is the Communications Manager for On Eagles Wings, Y4A's parent organization. Alexa has had a passion for protecting and empowering youth since she first worked as camp counselor for the YMCA. She is honored to be leading this team of young people in preventing human trafficking in the Carolinas.
Y4A Chapter Coach
Cassidi Dozier is pursuing a masters degree in Global Community Engagement at the University of Denver. She pioneered and led a Y4A chapter at her high school, Nation Ford, in 2017-2018. Since then she has continued involvement in anti-trafficking efforts by being on the executive team of Furman University’s chapter of International Justice Mission, IJM. She is excited to mentor/coach Y4A chapter leaders and looks forward to seeing how they will grow in their role as leaders and their passion to spread awareness about human trafficking.
Y4A Chapter Coach
Tatyana González was a 3-term President of the Olympic High School Y4A Chapter in Charlotte, NC. Tatyana has also interned multiple times with Youth4Abolition for curriculum development, social media and marketing. Tatyana attends Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, majoring in both Religion and Spanish, with a minor in Medicine, Health & Culture. She plans to attend Divinity school after graduating from Furman and explore careers in ministry, non-profit work, public health and education.
Y4A Chapter Coach
Ryan Griswold is the Assistant Coach for the Montreat College Men's Soccer Team. Ryan is passionate about fighting human trafficking and leading young men to be protectors against this crime.
Ambassador & Spokesperson, Youth4Abolition
As a senior in high school, Gabby leads a Y4A chapter at her school. Gabby was named Miss North Carolina Teen USA in 2022! She uses her platform to address the problem of sexual exploitation and trafficking of America's children and youth and serves as Youth4Abolition's Spokesperson, spreading awareness and speaking at various events in the Carolinas.