THE SET ME FREE PROJECT

Trafficking Stops With Me

Omaha, NE   |  https://setmefreeproject.net

Mission

Bringing prevention education to youth and families to stop trafficking before it starts.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO/President

Stephanie Olson

Main address

11620 M Circle

Omaha, NE 68137 USA

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EIN

47-3990516

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Human trafficking is defined as a form of modern-day slavery and the force, fraud, or coercion of a human being for the personal profit and gain of another. It is now the second fastest growing crime (only second to the drug trade) globally and is a $150 billion business (including sex and labor trafficking).

Our goal is to endeavor to raise the conversation of the hidden, yet flourishing sex trade in Nebraska and Iowa with a curriculum to educate and empower the most vulnerable populations -- our youth.

Only 1-2% of all victims of trafficking are ever rescued. Because of this, our goal is to stop trafficking before it starts.

According to Bradley Myers, of Polaris Project, "victims of child sex trafficking are frequently only 15 to 17 years old. Some are as young as 12."

This makes our youth targets and vulnerable to traffickers. According to research provided by The Women's Fund of Omaha, "every month, 900 individuals are sold for sex, often multiple times, in Nebraska."

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Prevention Education to Students

Our curriculum has been used throughout Nebraska and Iowa, as well as many other school districts and communities. We can facilitate presentations in a classroom setting (preferred) or a group assembly style, and each presentation can be tailored to your school and students.
Topics covered include:
Elementary School students (3-5th grades)
Empathy, Responsibility, and Safety - Real World and Online

Middle School students (6-8th grades)
Social media safety, cyber-bullying, media influence, body image/empowerment, and self-image and value.

Middle School students (7-8th grades)
Sex Trafficking - Youth presentation High School students
Sex Trafficking - High School presentation Adults

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

How do we, as parents, keep our kids safe in this digital world? Human trafficking is a real problem right in our own backyard. And now with the prevalence of social media, traffickers have a much easier time accessing our children. Yes, your kids are vulnerable to trafficking.

The Set Me Free Project’s parent speakers are parents, just like you. We understand how hard it is to be a parent today. We will come to you, wherever you are, to educate and empower you as parents of children of all ages. Set up a parents’ night (or day) with your neighborhood, PTA/PTO, church, school, or anywhere else parents gather. We will teach you practical ways to keep your kids safe on social media and ensure they are not vulnerable to traffickers.

It’s not about fear; it’s about empowerment.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

The Set Me Free Project offers training in the subject of human trafficking. We offer training for industries and leaders in the community that are interested in becoming educated on the subject of trafficking and on how to spot victims of human trafficking.

Medical Communities
Truck Stops
Pregnancy Centers
Educators
Security Personnel
Social Service Industries

Population(s) Served
Adults
Emergency responders

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of The Set Me Free Project is to bring prevention education to youth and families so traffickers lose their power. We do that by offering prevention education to help eradicate sex trafficking. We empower youth and young adults by teaching them to value themselves and give them tools to help protect them from the evils of trafficking.

Our vision is to see human trafficking eradicated by providing every child, parent, educator, mentor, professional and community member prevention education. To provide knowledge and tools required to protect and prevent youth from becoming a victim of trafficking.

The Set Me Free Project offers our services at no charge. Our speakers travel to schools, youth groups, and communities to implement interactive presentations designed to deliver critical information and empower our youth by teaching them to value themselves, give them tools to help protect them from the evils of trafficking, as well as make them aware of the potential dangers of social media. Further, we use separate and specific curriculum to educate parents, educators, mentors, service providers, and community members to help keep our youth safe.

Our current goal is to reach as many youth and families as possible. Ultimately to reach every student in Nebraska and Iowa. Our target audience is youth and families; however, this also includes students of all ages, parents (both biological, adoptive, and foster), educators, community members, and social services staff.

The desired objectives were formed based on the realization that every child and young adult in Nebraska and Iowa needs to know that being victimized by a trafficker is a legitimate risk. They also need to know how to keep themselves from becoming victims and avoiding such danger.

We have developed curricula for youth, parents, educators, mentors, and social service agencies. The curriculum for youth and parents emphasizes implementing smart strategies for safe use of social media, understanding the cycle that tricks young people into trafficking, and instilling confidence in youth so they understand their intrinsic dignity and value. The curriculum for educators, mentors, and social service agencies trains staff on what human trafficking is, what it looks like in their own community, and how to identify a victim.

And because it is our own curriculum, we can tailor it to the needs of each group. Our goal with the youth is to be a consistent presence. Since 2014, though educating youth, parents, educators, industries, community members, and media outreach we have touched over 150,000 lives.

Despite the tough nature of the subject matter, we provide the youth a very interactive and fun presentation in which the students walk away empowered and more knowledgeable.

Our strategies are as follows: to reach as many youth and families as possible. Ultimately to reach every student in Nebraska and Iowa. Begin to pursue new schools in each school district.

We will also increase our presence on social media through informational weekly blogs and video blogs to be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and Instagram and YouTube.

Our goal is to increase our followers on all social media by increasing our presence, boosting our posts, and going live on social media during parent presentations and community events. We will update all social media pages at least once to twice daily. Increase our marketing plan and provide more effective marketing materials.

We will use our website to tell more stories. Implementing one sheets for each presentation category. Creating a visionary story on our website and in our marketing materials. For example: where The Set Me Free Project will be in 30 years from a current story perspective.

We will utilize our current resources to gain and maintain funding such as, community contacts to increase individual donors, working with our board of directors to increase their fundraising and networking skills and abilities, and working with schools to provide donations. We will increase our individual monthly donor base through our annual fundraiser.

We will expand the skills of our marketing team to reach a larger pool of funding opportunities, making it clear that without immediate support we will no longer be able to provide these desperately needed services.

Continue and expand relationships with schools and community partners by seeking the schools we serve to potentially be a resource and/or support. Finding potential opportunities that the teachers or administrators we serve could help us remain viable and grow as an organization.

We will continue to work with community partners to develop our curriculum, and seek potential resources.

When The Set Me Free Project was made aware of the lack of prevention education in the United States on the subject of sex trafficking, we decided to fill that need.

Although there are many wonderful organizations in our community dedicated to combating trafficking, The Set Me Free Project is unique in our approach and perspective - using interactive, age appropriate curriculum focused on not only defining human trafficking, but also on helping students identify why and how they could be at risk, as well as providing a foundation for all students, regardless of age, to recognize the intrinsic value in every human being.

Our curriculum has been used throughout Nebraska and Iowa, as well as many other school districts and communities. We can facilitate presentations in a classroom setting (preferred) or a group assembly style, and each presentation can be tailored to each school and student.

Our speakers are fully trained and qualified in the areas they speak. We continue to seek trainings so that we can honor our commitment to education. We continue to seek education on the current social media and human trafficking trends, including bullying and trauma.

We continue to send staff members to trainings such as trauma informed care trainings, human trafficking trainings, and social media safety trainings.

We are in 29 schools currently (although we are in the process of adding more this year).
This is schools only - not youth groups or other youth programs

In 2016 we had a 90% increase over 2015
In 2017 we had a 47% increase over 2016
We have already added 1 new school in 2018
We have maintained 86% retention of all schools
We continue to pursue those we haven't been in for awhile
Total youth Hours - 511.25
Total Youth Presented to - 12,676
Total Parent/Community Hours - 143.75 with 36 venues
Total Parent/Community Member presented to - 5,839
Total Educators/Industry/Staff Hours - 71.50 with 51 venues
Total Educators/Industry/Staff presented to - 1,854

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE SET ME FREE PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 9/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lucas Shook

Shook Books and Taxes

Term: 2018 - 2024

Chris Insinger

Renaissance Financial

Hillary Chaney

Hillary Cheney Counseling

Ane Abraham

Wells Fargo

Linda Burke

CASA

Anthony Conner

Omaha Police Officer Association

Linda Conner

Norris Middle School

Christian Mirch

Yutan Police Department

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data