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WE ARE
YOUTH4ABOLITIONSM

A generation of young people committed to ending human trafficking.

Youth4Abolition℠ (Y4A) is a youth led, peer to peer, anti-human trafficking organization. We prevent human trafficking by educating young people about the dangers of this crime, so they can inform other young people how to keep themselves and others safe from human trafficking.

Y4A sets up chapters in schools and churches across the Carolinas. 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. 

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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.  

 OUR STORY 

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 domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) 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.

History

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The Difference

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.  

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Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
~ Ben Franklin

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Our Team

 OUR TEAM 

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John Van Arnam

Director, Youth4Abolition

John Van Arnam joined Youth4Abolition℠ in May 2022 as Director. 

John brings 20 years of protecting children online to his work with Y4A. John is a public speaker and program trainer of internet-based prevention strategies. John works with the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission and is a part of their Demand Reduction Task Force. A staunch opponent of Human Sex Trafficking, John looks forward to utilizing his skill set and expertise to further the goals of Y4A’s student led peer-to-peer campaign. 

John’s history in Child Advocacy dates to 2002 where he worked with the largest search engines to best protect young children from exposure to internet pornography. John is charged with growing the Y4A program and providing leadership and support to the development of statewide, national, and international Y4A chapters. 

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Sophia Catan

Assistant Director, Youth4Abolition

Sophia Catan has been a dedicated member of the Youth4Abolition℠ team since 2017. 

Sophia first joined Y4A as a club member at the Nation Ford High School Y4A chapter in 2017, and became chapter president during the 2018-2019 school year. Sophia represented Youth4Abolition℠ at the 2021 JuST Conference in Washington D.C.

As Assistant Director, Sophia uses her expertise and knowledge to help start new Y4A chapters and support existing ones. 

Sophia is passionate about preventing human trafficking through education and awareness. She is currently a senior majoring in Economics at the University of South Carolina. 

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Gabby Ortega

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.

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Cassidi Dozier

Coach, Youth4Abolition

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.

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