All youth are inherently vulnerable to exploitation. However, youth with high-risk indicators such as involvement with systems such as juvenile justice and child welfare, history of abuse and/or neglect, exposure to violence, risky sexual behavior on and offline will particularly benefit from prevention knowledge and skills.
Not a Number is a suggested program focusing on empowering youth through education. By creating the space for instruction and honest dialogue with young people on topics such as human trafficking, exploitation, abuse, vulnerability, and violence, they gain knowledge and skills to advocate for themselves and others.
The curriculum was developed for youth ages 12-18, is inclusive of all genders, and is designed for applicability across gender, ethnicity, sexual identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The curriculum is designed for primary and secondary prevention and early identification of vulnerabilities and exploitation. While youth who have experienced human trafficking and exploitation may benefit from Not a Number, it is not intended to be used as a primary treatment tool.