Are you passionate about preventing sex trafficking in your community? We invite you to apply to become an Ambassador of Hope and make a difference in your hometown!
Ambassadors are trained volunteers, active in their communities preventing trafficking through education. Whether it is hosting a table at a local event, speaking to students, advocating online for a state bill, or leading a session for parents, Shared Hope equips you with all the training and tools you’ll need to educate your community and prevent sex trafficking.
- Share tools for preventing child sex trafficking using provided presentation and films.
- Speak to civic clubs, churches, schools and universities, or any group that requests awareness information.
- Host meetings with friends and family to help them understand how to protect juveniles from predators.
- Host a resource table at community events, fairs, clubs wherever there is an open door to bring educational materials to an audience.
- Using Shared Hope’s Legislative Action tools to help bring awareness to your state lawmakers.
- Teach your community how to recognize the signs of trafficking and how to effectively respond.
- Respond to requests for a presentation to bring prevention education.
Invite friends and family to hear you practice your first presentation, using the tools provided. You’ll be in front of a friendly audience, they’ll give you constructive criticism, and learn something too!
- We call it the ripple effect. Talk to someone, anyone, and share what you’ve learned. Ask if they know someone who’d like to gather friends and learn more.
- Contact your local civic clubs: Soroptimists International, Rotary, Lions, Chamber of Commerce or other regularly scheduled groups that request monthly speakers.
- Talk with your child’s school counselor, teacher, or health class contact. Ask if you can present in one classroom and show the awareness film Chosen, using the opening and closing slides provided with the package.
- Public libraries have community programming and are required to provide educational speakers.
- Talk to a high school student about having you present in their class. Our materials fit into anti-bullying, social issues, healthy relationships and online safety classes.
- Ask your faith leaders if you can speak to the youth group about staying safe online, or to the adult education class on how they can protect children from predators.
There are over 1,000 Ambassadors serving in their communities. When you complete your training, we will connect you with any Ambassadors that may be in your area, or those who share similar interests. We currently have active Ambassadors in 46 states and DC!
- What trafficking commonly looks like in the USA
- Who are victims and why are they vulnerable
- What are the tactics most commonly used by traffickers
- How can we protect minors from being trafficked
- How do we effectively report what we see
- How to use the Chosen tool effectively
- How to mobilize your community
- How to be effective in public presentations (tips on how to handle sticky questions)
- Shared Hope‘s history of more than 20 years of fighting domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST)
- Tools to present in schools and to youth, such as the Chosen film, a true story of two girls who were tricked. Includes presentations and discussion guides with films
- Chosen Gang Film, recognizing the tactics of gang trafficking
- DMST, the basics of how sex trafficking happens in the USA
- Internet Safety, for students and for adults, how to stay safe online
- Cultural Grooming, how to educate parents with younger children
- Hotel Management, how to recognize trafficking in your establishment
- Basic introductory to the i:Care presentation, for the healthcare community
- Presenting to the faith community – adapting Chosen to church presentations
- Access to an online Ambassador Resource page with continuously updated tools and resources
- Access to the Ambassadors-Only Facebook group to network, exchange ideas and stay informed on breaking news
- Access to a monthly Ambassadors-Only newsletter that answers questions, educates and supports the work you do as an Ambassador
- The option to purchase an Ambassador toolkit containing a thumb drive with all the training materials you have just completed for certification. It also has a logo t-shirt and nametag, Renting Lacy book and the Chosen tools on USB or DVD. We make these tools available to Ambassadors at our cost.
- Shared Hope has a strong policy team that works tirelessly on state legislation in all 50 states and DC, as well as the federal level, to pass strong laws against DMST and to support survivors. You can support the team by engaging in the Advocacy Action Center.
- We provide online tools, scripts and information to effectively communicate with your lawmakers to coincide with the activity of our staff policy team.
Jo Lembo National Outreach Manager, oversees the entire Ambassador program by creating training tools, responding to the needs and questions of Ambassadors, and then working with the larger team to expand tools, develop new resources and assure you can be successful. With Kelly, she oversees the Facebook group and responds to comments and questions on a daily basis. Jo oversees Shared Hope’s Faith Initiative to give the faith community tools to protect their own children, then to educate their communities. Jo joined Shared Hope in 2009 as one of their earliest Ambassadors before there was a formal program.
Kelly McCaughey is the Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, working within the west coast office to process approved Ambassador training applications, manage your event report files, send completion certificates and answer questions. Kelly is also active in the community to do presentations, support the local Ambassadors, and extend Shared Hope’s reach. Together, she and Jo listen and respond to the needs of our Ambassadors!