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Causes: Crime & Law, Sexual Abuse Prevention

Programs: The organization receives funds to extend the lessons from lauren's kids "it's ok to tell" curriculum modules into curriculum materials for florida's public school students in grades 1 through 3, with supporting professional development and trainings for educators. The funds were used to research best practices, consult with career educators, administrators, mental health professionals, and developmental psychologists to develop educationally sound, research-based materials aligned to florida state education standards. Funds were also used to produce materials including design, print management, scripting and video production for printed materials for children, parents and educators, and educational in-class curriculum videos. Online training modules for educators were also developed in partnership with the florida council for sexual violence, and the website safersmarterkids. Org was developed to inform florida's public school educators and parents about the curriculum, and provide information on how to order curriculum kits free of charge. Continued effectiveness testing of the pre-kindergarten/kindergarten level of the safer, smarter kids curriculum was also completed, to ensure fidelity of effectiveness information presented.

the organization puts on an annual walk to raise awareness about sexual abuse and urges those who have been abused to speak up. The walk commences in key west, florida, the southernmost point of the us and covers over 1,500 miles, literally touching every area of the state of florida. Thousands walk at different stages of the "walk in my shoes" and the lives of tens of thousands are touched along the way. The founder and ceo of lauren's kids, herself victim and now survivor, walks all 1,500 miles and stops daily at sexual assault treatment centers, child advocacy centers and schools, spreading not only a message of awareness and education, but also empowering victims to know that it is ok to tell and to know they too can become thriving survivors.

the organization developed an educational piece regarding protecting children against sexual abuse that is included with all vehicle registration renewals. Since 95% of childhood sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, the goal is to reach as many indviduals with direct messaging as possible. The program that allows lauren's kids to provide an educational insert in motor vehicle registration renewal notices assures that over 6 million indviduals will read the material this year. In december of each year a targeted program occurs in driver's license renewal offices where close to 50,000 individuals are provided with educational materials on how to better protect our children from predators and pedophiles. The organization wrote a book entitled "it's ok to tell" which is intended to educate people about abuse. In addition the organization incurs expenses in delivering education materials and class work on the subject of abuse.

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