Paving the Way Foundation Inc

Educate.Empower.Prevent

aka Paving the Way Foundation, Inc.   |   Orlando, FL   |  www.pavingthewayfoundation.org

Mission

To be a fierce disruption in the cycle of child trafficking by empowering children, parents and communities how to combat this crime through education and training programs.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Ms. Jan Edwards

Main address

12301 Lake Underhill Rd. #213

Orlando, FL 32828 USA

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EIN

81-2373127

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

dren's Rights (Rhi)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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Human Trafficking Prevention Training - Empower

Four one-hour training programs. We start with our award winning short film, Trapped in the Trade, that shows the intentional grooming and recruitment of children by other children. http://www.trappedfilm.com/Following our short film the following topics are discussed: 1. What is Human trafficking and child exploitation?2. Recruitment and grooming tactics used online and in person3. Signs of Human Trafficking 4. What action to take if they suspect grooming or recruitment5. The role that social media plays in recruitment6. Sexting and Sextortion7. Laws that protect and legal ramifications of trafficking8. Closing with an art activity, to share what they learned visually and with a hashtag that stands for what they learned. All training programs begin with a pre-test to determine base line knowledge and attitudes about human trafficking. Following each program a post-test is completed to determine how much participants learned and ways to apply the information. We put in what was missing from one lesson to another so the students are fully educated and they know we value their feedback. A followup is completed after 6 weeks. Our high-yield learning activities promote physical and mental wellbeing with all participants provided in a structured manner that engages them and encourages positive social interactions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Every month we tackle a tough conversation to educate parents about online predators, human trafficking, online enticement, mobile applications to look out for, video games to help youth manage all to empower them to talk with their kids about the uncomfortable topics that are impacting our youth. Our programs are for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends and neighbors who care about the safety of our kids.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Adults

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Awards

Community Impact Leader 2019

Women on The Rise

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our children are at risk. Orange county ranks 2nd in the state for children being trafficked and are reported to the DCF hotline. Trafficking knows no socio, demo, geographic boundaries. Children in Pine Hills to Winter Park are at risk and our goal is educate a minimum of 5,000 of them next year working with Boys and Girls clubs, YMCA middle schools other programs like City Year. We want the entire town to be painted blue with signs of human trafficking and what action to take to report it.  We are in this for the long-haul. We've been at this for 6 years and we are just getting started. Our vision is to expand into every county and be the go-to educational program for middle schools around the nation. To do that we are doing long-term research with a middle school and working with UCF to ensure this work continues. We build relationships with other organizations like United Abolitionists, One More Child and several Task Forces so we can provide the best training possible.  Our stretch vision is to parallel International Justice Mission - we educate, they rescue. It's a win - win - win.

Our strategies are to continue to build reputation and relationships with local partners, including both city, county council member and state representatives.  Going into schools and requesting referrals and sharing on social media and digital billboards what we are accomplishing in our community.  We network and speak out 2-3 times per week, inviting people to join our team. We've grown from 5 mission ambassadors to 40 and growing all over the nation. That drives awareness and a want in the market for what we offer.   Working with middle school principals and PTA's we accomplished so much and will continue to grow our Word of Mouth reputation. That is how we've grown so far and clear we will continue to do so. Being an active part of the Task Forces locally and statewide we've built a reputation for success. We build on that to expand our reach into other counties that need our services over time.  Lastly, to grow our team, we must secure ongoing funding to do our work. One of our goals is to work with a part time and then full time grant writer along with creating business lines that we can sell for a profit to put back into the organization such a parent training, online training and webinars.

We currently have 40 Mission Ambassadors that are eager to get out into the world and share this important information. We have 5 interns that are with us this Fall and two through the Spring. We already have 3 more in the pipeline to bring on the Spring for data analysis and research along with marketing and sales.  50% of our Mission Ambassador team has been with for over 2 years and we continue to gain some very capable members. What we do is exciting and necessary. They know this and continue to speak out for us in their community, growing awareness and out team. We are very strategic in our speaking engagements, mapping them on to focussed times of the year, Human Trafficking Prevention and awareness month, Sexual Assault Awareness month, International Day of Missing Children, Domestic Violence Awareness month and Day of the Girl.

We've accomplished so much and have much more mountain to climb. Educating over 10,000 youth and adults seems like a lot and it's a drop in the bucket - there are over 3 million school age children in Florida.   We have become very well known in the community (as indicated by our founder winning Orlando Magazine Women of the Year, 2019) and the state - our goal is to be known through out the nation as the premier human trafficking prevention educator, empowering our youth to be connected and disrupt the cycle of trafficking.

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Paving the Way Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Jan Edwards

Paving the Way Foundation

Term: 2016 - 2030

Frank Smith

Frank Smith Attorney

Stephanie George

Verve Technologies

Dana Clary

Landmark Worldwide

Daniela Rodriquez

Verbatium

Mallory Taylor

Gap

Joe Lopez

Disney

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/5/2021

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Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
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Female, Not transgender
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Disability status
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