BRAVE- A catalytic event for girls.
Posted by tattooedpreacherlady
I’ve partnered with Danielle Strickland and some amazing women from The Church on 7th St in Long Beach. The women from this church have been doing this event- and Danielle came in and did one of the things The Salvation Army does best: create a foundational framework so this amazing catalytic event can be replicated in other places.
It starts with a one-day large event, similar to a one day Youth Councils, or high school age youth meeting. We have a manual on how to produce the event as if the people putting it on have never put on an event before. All information and how to and timelines are in there. All the way from how to start an advisory board, what to pray about, how to connect into the foster care system, how to recruit volunteers, and how to fundraise.
It is an event that is a catalyst for connections and conversation.
On the day of the event, the girls come together to be celebrated. Through this event they are shown that they have worth and value, and that there are people in their communities who want to join with them in some capacity.
But this event is just the beginning.
From there those that volunteered at the event will start doing small groups in the Foster and group homes. Maybe a cooking class or a crochet group. Maybe you will go and play basketball. Anything. Just to do something with that people group to show them they are worth spending time with that isn’t dependent on what they can do for you.
That is what so many of them are used to, at least the girls who have been trafficked into the sex industry. You see, that’s the whole point. Out of the girls who are trafficked on the streets that are under 18 years old, 70% are currently in foster care.
Let that sink in.
But the good news is that we can do something about it. If these girls are in foster care, that means they are on someone’s caseload. They are known. They can be loved. We can intervene before someone tries to hurt or abuse them.
The small groups are really important for follow up care and relationship building. But as a companion to the small groups, I wrote a guided journal for the girls to go through to start doing some self exploration, some big dreams, some healing, and even some life skills.
The BRAVE journal can be a jumping off point for conversation. Your leading a small group, but not sure what to say? Ask about their journals and if they have read or written or drawn anything they want to share.
Worst case scenario: a girl comes to this event, but doesn’t get connected into a small group. She has the journal so she can do some self guided healing, dreaming, learning, and exploration into a larger world.
Big goal: I will write one journal a year for five years to grow with these girls- to be a constant in their journey and to help them see that if someone does try to traffic them, or take advantage of them- they can stand up for themselves. They will have the knowledge that they can not be exploited because that is what you do to an oppressed person; and they are free.
This is all very new and we will be making this resource available online very soon as soon as it is, you will know.
Until then, pray for this program to catch on and for leaders who are really willing to invest in this kind of Justice.
Pray for the girls in foster care who feel alone and abandoned; that they would be safe and loved.