Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $913,074)
The YMCA of the North will strengthen and sustain the supportive services provided by its Enough. program to victims/survivors of sexual exploitation and labor trafficking. The individuals served by this program will be in the seven-county metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, including Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties. Participants will be between the ages of 12-28, with 70% of the caseload in the underserved 24 – 28 age range. Youth and young adults will receive individualized one-to-one case management services and supports, including referrals for housing, food, education, and medical, and legal issues. Additionally, participants will engage in Economic Empowerment Programming or Independent Goal Centered Programming. Goals include: 1) expand and strengthen the capacity of the Enough. Program to provide and sustain comprehensive services to adult victims of labor and sex trafficking (ages 18-28, any gender); 2) deliver training to local providers and systems-based professionals and partners, increase community capacity to respond to human trafficking.; and 3) conduct evaluation activities to provide accurate output and outcome information to measure program progress on all goals and objectives and financial reporting, solicit ongoing feedback on program/services offered, and complete a formal evaluation in partnership with a University of Minnesota-based evaluation team to assess program outcomes.