kNOw MORE!© is a drama-based and student-centered human trafficking awareness and prevention curriculum, for middle school- and high school-aged youth in San Diego County.
It is a comprehensive and engaging program based on the latest sex trafficking research in San Diego and developed in collaboration with experts from various sectors. The curriculum was designed to help young people recognize the red flags and vulnerabilities around trafficking and equip them to take action for themselves and their peers. The ultimate result would be the prevention and eradication of this injustice in San Diego County and beyond.
Why Middle and High School?
Research confirmed that recruitment for the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) can start as young as 8 years old but the average age of entry in San Diego County is 16 years old.1 This underscores the urgent need for educational interventions in middle and high schools to help prevent the proliferation of trafficking at its beginning stages.
The curriculum was developed based on the pedagogical understanding that students will best respond to and retain learning experiences gained through2:
- Creative Mediums
- Real Stories
The curriculum is primarily co-facilitated by teaching artists, and survivor facilitators when available, who move the participants through drama, interaction with peer facilitators, dialogue, and informative visuals.
Facilitation and Delivery
The curriculum is designed to take place directly in school facilities or community centers, in a large classroom or small auditorium space that has projection capabilities. The program is designed for maximum impact in either 2 or 3 hours! This engaging experience is spread over two days, offering flexibility with either 60-minute or 90-minute presentations, depending on your bell schedule. Ideal for groups of 100 students or fewer, our program delivers essential content efficiently and effectively.
Curriculum Development Team
The human trafficking curriculum began development in 2016 through the efforts of San Diego Unified School District, PLNU's Center for Justice & Reconciliation, and the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). The curriculum advisory and development team consisted of researchers; survivor leaders; health professionals; and experts from Child Welfare Services, law enforcement agencies, education, victim services, and the applied performing arts.
Interested in booking a kNOw MORE!© performance?
Complete the interest form below to initiate the booking process. Upon submission you will be contacted directly by a kNOw MORE!© facilitator. For any further questions contact the following:
Advance kNOw MORE!©’s Impact
Our 2022-2023 Program Sponsor
We want to give a huge thank you to Apriem Advisors, our core sponsor for the kNOw MORE© program for this academic year. For the second year in a row, Apriem Advisors has partnered with us to expand our programs and reach more youth and survivors in our region. We are grateful for their generosity that is making it possible for us to continue interrupting grooming and exploitation in our local schools!