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They Once Faced Prison, Institutionalization, Poverty and/or Despair – Now They Have Scholarships, Life Tools and Hope

  • 10/11/2019 10:10:00 AM
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An unconventional scholarship is helping some Clark County young people go to college, get vocational certifications or start businesses while overcoming some of life’s most difficult challenges.The Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education scholarship is one of many tools available to individuals served by Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Founded in 1975, the nonprofit partners with youth justice, child welfare, behavioral health, developmental disabilities/autism, educa...
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YAP Board Member Received UNLV Community-Based Research Award

  • 4/19/2018 11:15:00 AM
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Alexis Kennedy, YAP Board member and Criminal Justice Professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), was recently honored with a 2018 Community-Based Research Award for a study that interviewed survivors of human trafficking.   In her research, she sought the input of these exploited youth, to get insight into their needs, their experience and what they might recommend for serving their population.  "They are the true content experts in this area but are rarely aske...
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New Documentary 'Tricked' Illuminates Disturbing Human Trafficking Culture in US

New Documentary 'Tricked' Illuminates Disturbing Human Trafficking Culture in US

  • 12/13/2013 5:43:00 AM
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"Tricked," a new documentary on human trafficking released today exposes the reality of the growing and increasingly violent sex trade industry that exists in our own country. Pimps and traffickers target already vulnerable youth, many of whom have physical and sexual abuse in their histories, have experienced incidences of homelessness, and use emotional manipulation, drugs and violence to entrap them. Filmmaker Jane Wells observed, "The stories of survivors are profoundly disturbing. Each one ...
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