Human Services

PRESENT AGE MINISTRIES INC

Rebuild Trust. Restore Hope. Redefine Love. #OneLifeAtATime

Harrisburg, NC

Mission

Present Age Ministries is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to combating sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking of teen girls. We equip communities to identify at-risk youth through awareness and prevention efforts, while providing holistic support services to survivors as they transition into independence.

Ruling Year

2011

Executive Director

Mrs. Hannah Arrowood

Main Address

Po Box 700

Harrisburg, NC 28075 USA

Keywords

child exploitation; anti-human trafficking; prevention and awareness; sexual abuse; advocacy;

EIN

45-1728287

 Number

3700648409

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Christian (X20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

In American culture, there is an increasing demand for sex. As with any demand, there are individuals who capitalize on the opportunity and generate a supply. With the vulnerabilities of our youth, and with social-media as an interictal part of life now – the ability to groom, recruit and exploit is real. Traffickers use fear, violence, intimidation, and threats to ensure compliance and meet demand. “Society may call it prostitution, but federal law calls it sex trafficking.” (Shared Hope International 2016). North Carolina continues to rank within the top 15 states for cases reported to the National Hotline (Polaris). The Charlotte Metropolitan area is a central hub for this complex issue. Our community has responded to this problem with multiple task forces and committees to attempt to address the issue and find sustainable solutions. We seek to provide solutions and create bridges through our core programs: Awareness, Prevention and Direct Services to Survivors.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In It ToGetHer - Awareness Campaign

For The One - Direct Services

Discovering Your Value - Prevention Program

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Discovering Your Value - Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We have the opportunity to facilitate positive and empowering discussions with students in Middle and High School related to Human Trafficking, essential to keeping students safe.

Number of cases monitored

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females

Related program

For The One - Direct Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

As the primary referral source, connecting identified victims with resources is essential to their long term recovery. Each client receives support based on their individual needs.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

In It ToGetHer - Awareness Campaign

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Establishing connections within the community and facilitating training sessions on Human Trafficking creates safer communities. A community unaware of a problem cannot be part of the solution.

Charting Impact

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Present Age’s approach to service delivery is based on best practices and years of experience working with this unique and often enigmatic population. Present Age’s client-centered philosophy guides staff and volunteers to build relationships, develop rapport, identify individual needs, and then determine how best to provide assistance. This person-centered and holistic approach aims to meet each victim’s unique needs and provide personalized, timely, relevant services that help victims achieve their long-term goals. It is vital to note that Present Age offers services to all victims without regard to religious affiliation and receipt of services is not contingent upon participation in religious activities. Present Age has provided a diverse range of culturally-relevant services to more than 50 victims a year and leverages its vast network of individual, community-based, and government agency supporters and partners to offer caring, meaningful, and significant support as needed. Whether this means daily check-ups using case managers or volunteer mentors, securing transitional housing, providing weekly counseling sessions from licensed counselors, or tutoring from volunteer educators – each client is unique in their circumstance and requires a different set of skills, resources, and knowledge to reclaim and rebuild their lives after victimization. Present Age implements trauma-specific, standardized assessments to inform treatment; individualized and evidence-based treatment; crisis intervention; group, family, and individual therapy for patients, siblings, and non-offending caregivers. The agency also offers community-based care with the assistance of collaborative and integrative case management and community support. Present Age does not look to replace and/or duplicate case management if the victim has an existing case manager. Instead it looks to partner to enhance the outcome for the victim. Case managers facilitate the achievement of client wellness and autonomy through support, assessment, development of an effective case management, development of an effective case plan, communication, education, resource management and service facilitation. Present Age works collaboratively with various law-enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations that are working to address the needs of sex trafficking and CSE victims. However, while these agencies focus on addressing issues that impact this population, such as substance abuse, domestic violence (DV) or sexual assault, Present Age remains the only agency in the area that solely focuses on meeting the unique and complex needs of these victims.

Developing and implementing an effective response to sex trafficking and CSE is a difficult endeavor anywhere, but especially in and around the Charlotte Area. As a member of the steering committee for Project No REST Pilot Site, one of the first goals we had was to implement a screening tool that can be utilized. We have successfully achieved this and are utilizing this in the community. Present Age prides itself on delivering flexible, accommodating, and culturally-relevant services to victims recognizing that the clients being served may not be representative of the demographics of the community. We recognize that youth present a set of complex needs and the amount of time required to develop and deliver services for this age group can be substantial yet necessary. As an organization, we have chosen to focus on this age group so that we can be developmentally based and provide age-appropriate services that also consider the way that trauma impacts a child during development. When providing serves to the child, it is critical that we also provide support to the family. Our model of care is intentional to also support the family during this transition and to provide services, training and support for those who are learning to support the identified victim. Our core strategies that promote success are the following: 1. Collaboration and community response - There is power in unity and when we work together it breeds better results for the individuals we serve. 2. Integrity in all services provided - We deliver the services stated within the time that we say. Building trust is critical, not only with individual clients but with community partners. Reliability is essential. 3. Trauma Based, Survivor Informed - what we establish as norms must be centered on being trauma based. What we learn from survivors must be infused into all aspects of programming. 4. Client Centered - being flexible with the delivery to ensure effectiveness

Present Age works collaboratively with various law-enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations both locally and across the country that are working to address the needs of sex trafficking and CSE victims. However, while these agencies focus on addressing issues that impact this population, such as substance abuse, domestic violence (DV) or sexual assault, Present Age remains the only agency in the our local area that solely focuses on meeting the unique and complex needs of these victims. Non-profits & Service Providers: Present Age partners with non-profits to fill gaps in service. Whether local, state, or across the country it is critical to have vetted and established agencies that we work with to provide services we are not equipped or best suited to provide. Law Enforcement & Governmental Agencies - Although law enforcement is not a services provider, they are an important partner and source of referrals for Present Age. Relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement is critical to our work. Present Age offers victims immediate resources, which increases the likelihood that victims will seek services. In addition, relationships with Juvenile Courts, county DSS offices, school systems and Child Advocacy Centers are where victims of CSE are often seen for other reasons. Established relationships with these entities at local and state levels allows for referrals to Present Age be made - for services. Present Age participates in Task Forces led by our US Attorney General’s office, Task Forces led by DA’s office. In addition, when MDT meetings are called, where trafficking is suspected, Present Age is brought into the equation for assessment, guidance and assistance. Present Age’s role in this group is to offer assessment tools, train other professionals and organizations to identify minor and youth victims of sex trafficking, provide counseling, treatment planning, consultation, mentorship, case management and other direct services and referrals and meet emergency needs.

Performance Measures for Awareness & Training Provide and implement community sessions around issue of Human Trafficking Provide resources to the community that increase digital safety Equip communities to identify at-risk youth prior to victimization and establish links to community resources Performance Measures for Prevention Facilitate training for administrators, educators and other personnel regarding Human trafficking and safety measures for students. Conduct education sessions with students in middle and high school regarding realities of trafficking Provide programming for high risk females to reduce vulnerability and risk factors. Performance Measures for Direct Services: Respond to the number of referrals and maintain data on source of referrals. T Monitor progress of program elements with clients and report 75% will report that Present Age met their needs, either directly or through referrals. Provide long-term support to clients to ensure consistency and stability is established.

Accomplishments in Numbers: Awareness Programs - We have educated over 25,000 community members on the basics of human trafficking and realities of this crime. Our reach cross NC, SC, Virginia,

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/22/2020

Leadership

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Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 04/22/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
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We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.