Rating: 5 stars 19 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: Silver Spring MD USA
Results: UL has recently inaugurated the new Youth Center and has incorporated new programming and on-going support and care. Our number of participants continues to increase based on word-of-mouth throughout the red light district.
Target demographics: Male youth who are victims of sex-trafficking, child prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation. Also at-risk male youth ages 14-24.
Geographic areas served: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Programs: Life Skill Training: Communication, Anger Mgmt, Health Awareness, Hygiene, Money Mgmt. English Training: Basic English language skill-building Case Management Health Services + Testing Night Outreach in Red Light District
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I traveled to Thailand a little over a year ago because I wanted to learn about Human Trafficking. While I was there, my group and I met with Alezandra Russell, the founder of Urban Light, and she was able to tell us all about the organization. They work with Boys who are victims of Sexual Exploitation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was amazing to me learn about that because I had no idea that boys were being sexually exploited. They help teach them basic life skills, English, baking, they give the boys people to talk to, they do medical checks, and they do anything they can to get them real jobs. It is such an amazing organization. I went back this past January and spent a couple weeks at the Youth Center. I was able to make great connections with the boys and just give them a positive male role model to look up to. They really changed my life and really opened my eyes to a really big issue. I still help Urban Light as much as I can, here in America. Also, I definitely plan on going back to Thailand because those boys really made an impact on me and I want to go back and be able to work with them more. You can learn more about Urban Light at www.urban-light.org or on Facebook at UrbanLight.
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