Thursday, April 26, 2012

High School Students Work to End Human Trafficking

Hope for Slaves
Last week, I wrote about Raising Charitable Kids and Teens.  The response to that particular post has been wonderful.  This week I want to tell you about a group of high school students who are working to end human trafficking.  The group is from Reading High School in Reading, Ohio.  They, in conjunction with Westwood schools from Camilla, Georgia, are working to raise awareness of modern slavery and are raising money to support individuals and families who have been rescued from slavery.  Here is the press release that they sent me:

Reading High School Hosts May Day Fundraiser

We need your help.

B.E.M.A., Reading High School’s Business-Entrepreneurship-Marketing Applications class, will host a jewelry party in conjunction with Destiny Rescue to help raise funds to end human trafficking.  The event will be open to the general public on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Reading’s cafeteria from 2:15 until 4:00 pm.

Can you commit to covering our school project prior to May 1st to help?

The B.E.M.A. class named Destiny Rescue the primary target for their social enterprise project in January. In collaboration with Westwood Schools located in Camilla, Georgia students have been hard at work to make May Day a success. They have dedicated a website (Hope for Slaves), Twitter (@hope_for_slaves), and Facebook to the cause.

Destiny Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. They were founded in 2001 and since then have sent 100% of donations and sponsorships to the families and children harmed by human trafficking. Destiny Rescue encourages volunteers, sponsors, as well as people, like the B.E.M.A. class, who would like to host parties.

For additional information:

Kelsie Vaske, President of B.E.M.A. Social Enterprise

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Brian Page, Reading Business/Finance Teacher

*Note – this press release was student made.
How can you help? 

  • Visit to learn more about their organization.
  • If you are in the Reading area, stop by their school on May 1st and support their jewelry party.
  • Not in the Reading, OH area?  Visit the Destiny Rescue Shop and make a jewelry purchase.  The jewelry has been handcrafted by girls who have been rescued from prostitution.  Purchasing these products gives these girls an opportunity for a better life.
  • Follow Hope for Slaves on twitter and facebook.  Share their information with your twitter followers or your facebook fans.
Those of you who know me, know that I love the color Purple!  Here is the necklace that I just purchased from the Destiny Rescue Shop:


  1. What a great endeavor. Human trafficking is a poverty and lack of information issue because victims are oftentimes in despair of obtaining financial resource despite clear security issues. More power to you.

  2. From the reading I've done on human trafficking and slavery, I was surprised to know there were likely millions of people in that category - in the present!

    Great subject to cover - and a sad state of affairs in 2012.

  3. Selling jewelry is a smart way for them to raise money and awareness. :-)

  4. This is a great project. One of the things that has always impressed me about this generation is their creativity and willingness to put that creativity to use to make the world a better place. Good on them!