Human trafficking is a formidable issue that cannot be solved by any one organization. Luckily, we are not alone. There are many organizations that have also been created and are working to end modern-day slavery. One such organization, Project Stay Gold, is another New Jersey native. Project Stay Gold was founded in Jefferson County at Jefferson Township Middle School. It was started by Social Studies teacher Danny Papa and a group of students who wanted to see change and do their part to end human trafficking.
What is so inspiring about this organization is that it is run by the students. Schools can sign up to have a chapter on campus, and students can get involved like they would any other school club. These students are performing an incredible service for their peers. They are educating their student body through poster drives, educational announcements, fundraisers, and whatever other creative methods they can come up with. Instead of waiting for an authority to educate their student body on the realities of modern-day slavery, they are looking peers in the eye and telling them about it.
This statement opens up the manual Project Stay Gold created for school chapters. And that is exactly what these young students are doing. Kids in middle school and high school are at risk of being trafficked, but through their own efforts to become educated and educate their peers, they are lowering that risk. How amazing is that? Because they are being motivated to bring awareness and an end to trafficking, they are able to be part of the solution. These students are becoming the answer to the problem they are facing in their most immediate surroundings.
We are so grateful that there are organizations like Project Stay Gold working for the same goal that we are. If you are interested in getting more information about them, you can visit their website here. Educating the next generation is a vital part of our ethos and so it is encouraging to see that generation taking responsibility and spreading awareness.