STAR Drop-In Center/Community Mentoring

STAR Drop-In Center/Community Mentoring

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Due to the underground nature and social stigma of sex trafficking, many commercially sexually exploited youth are not recognized as victims and survivors by systems and traditional social service organizations. Our drop-in center remains one of the few safe spaces in our community for exploited youth to come as they are without fear of judgment or stigmatization.

Our drop-in center provides a safe space for exploited and vulnerable female-identified youth* ages 14-24 to build community, gain new knowledge, cultivate leadership abilities, and access resources. We offer basic needs support, life skills workshops, community mentoring, peer support, school/employment exploration and enrollment assistance, therapeutic arts and movement, and support groups that explore mindfulness, sexual health, and political/cultural education. Through these activities, youth learn to connect and collaborate with others, uplift their voices and express their truths, explore their passions and interests, access safety and healing, and develop the confidence, knowledge, and self-advocacy skills that empower them to lead healthy, self-determined lives.

Find the link to the referral form here.

*MISSSEY welcomes young people in our drop-in space who either self-identify as female and/or have been assigned female at birth (“afab”). This includes cisgender girls, transgender girls, and afab youth who identify outside the gender binary.

Community Mentoring

Community Mentors are trained volunteers who assist Drop-In staff in supporting youth in the STAR Center.  Activities may include: cooking meals, clothing closet organization, co-facilitating workshops, and providing milieu support. Applicants should be able to connect with vulnerable populations, respond to youth in a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive manner, and be able to serve as a role model and build relationships with participants and MISSSEY staff.

Survivors, women of color, and LGBTQ folks are strongly encouraged to apply. Community mentors must be age 25 or older and available during drop-in hours. Drop-in hours are 1:00 – 6:00pm Mon – Fri ONLY A regular time commitment and additional training is required. If you have questions or feel you meet our qualifications and availability, please email directservices@misssey.org with subject heading “Community Mentoring.”