As the country recognizes January as National Human Trafficking Awareness and National Mentoring Month, Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Executive Director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking,  shares this moving personal reflection for the National Mentoring Resource Center. In addition to sharing her personal experience, Dr. Countryman-Roswurm speaks of hope and the power of mentoring to support young victims on their journey to surviving and to thriving.    
Program Overview The purpose of Mentoring Commercially Sexually Exploited Children/Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking program through the Office Of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is to enhance the capacity of applicant organizations to respond to the needs of child victims of CSE/DMST. Under this initiative, funded programs develop or enhance mentoring service models and mentor training based on best practices to focus on the needs of girls, boys, LGBTQ youth who are at risk or are victims of CSE/DMST; develop or update strategies to recruit and maintain mentors to serve under-identified and underserved populations; begin or enhance efforts to identify and enroll girls, [Read further...]
In 2016, approximately 2.5 million baby boomers will turn 70 and there are many millions more behind them who are moving into a new stage of life.  Conversations about the aging population are often framed as a “problem to be solved”.  Another way to think about it, however, is “an opportunity to be seized”. Many in this generation embraced, and fought for, change—changes which are evident in our society today.   Boomer activism influenced attitudes on race, gender, sex, musical taste, and just about everything in the world they inherited.  And, they are still doing it. Older adults get deeply involved [Read further...]