Economic Empowerment Peer Learning Series Homepage
Welcome to the 2023 Economic Empowerment Peer Learning Series homepage!
Futures Without Violence’s Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Human Trafficking (PEOST) Project is pleased to be hosting its first economic empowerment peer learning series. This six week peer learning series will bring together victim service providers to share knowledge and expertise, identify economic empowerment best practices, and explore trauma-informed work readiness, career exploration, building self-efficacy, digital literacy, financial capability and asset building, and alternative economic opportunities.
Through these conversations, we will explore ways in which victim service agencies can develop new, or expand existing, economic empowerment programming that truly addresses the barriers to thriving for survivors, especially within marginalized and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) communities. By the end of this learning series, learners will be better able to:
- Assess current needs and gaps of economic empowerment programs.
- Identify best practices for the economic empowerment of survivors.
- Build relationships that enhance the economic empowerment of survivors.
- Advocate for better economic resources and strategies for survivors.
- Develop an economic empowerment action plan.
Below you will find all of the information you will need to participate in the series, including:
- Pre-series work including a participant survey, needs assessment, community mapping exercise, and suggested readings
- Meeting schedule and meeting link
- Supplemental materials for each session
- Post-session evaluations for each session and the series as a whole
If you have any questions, please contact Carolyne Ouya at COuya@FuturesWithoutViolence.org.
Please complete before Thursday May 4, 2023
- Five Tiers of Economic Empowerment
- Guiding Principles to Inform Economic Empowerment Programming for Survivors Human Trafficking
- Collaboration to Increase Access to Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Human Trafficking and Domestic and Sexual Violence
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE HOURS (OPTIONAL)
The PEOST Team will host weekly office hours throughout the series to offer participants an opportunity to gain additional resources on Economic Empowerment and receive live support for weekly action planning.
Date: Wednesdays at 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET | 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT | 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT | 11:00am – 12:00pm PT
Thursdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET | 12:00pm – 2:00pm CT | 11:00am – 1:00pm MT | 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Weekly Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87144435106
Week 1 [May 4]: Language Matters: Self-Sufficiency to Economic Empowerment.
- Description: From self-sufficiency to economic empowerment, there are many different terms used to describe supporting survivors with education, career and financial development. This peer learning series will examine the key terms used in the economic empowerment field and identify if they align with the communities served.
- Facilitators: Aims Babich, Peer Mentor, You Are More Than
- Session Guide
- University of Minnesota Business Writing for Success: Language Can be an Obstacle to Communication
- Overcoming Language Barriers to Communication
- Representation Matters: Using Trauma Informed Language and Imagery in Victim Services (PowerPoint & Webinar Recording)
- Jargon Is a Barrier: Why It’s Important to Keep it Simple
- How the exclusive language of science makes it inaccessible to larger community
- Transformational Collaborations: Considerations to Apply a Racial Equity Lens
- Rethinking Language Access: A Comprehensive Approach to Serving Deaf Victims and Victims with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
- Implications of Culture on Language | Amirpooya Dardashti | TEDxTAMU
Week 2 [May 11]: Healing through Trauma-Informed Work Readiness
- Description: The trauma and victimization experienced by survivors can impact their ability to obtain and retain needed skills for successful employment. This peer learning session will explore how to develop a comprehensive and trauma-informed work readiness strategy for survivors, in order to better equip survivors with foundational skills expected by employers as well as promote their ability to thrive in the workforce.
- Facilitators: Carrie Felton, Director, Worker Success, National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Week 3 [May 18]: (Re)Building a Vision of the Future through Career Exploration
- Description:Survivors are often relegated to entry level jobs without much choice or exposure to dynamic employment options. This peer learning session will discuss innovative ways to promote survivor agency, job retention, and growth through engagement in various occupations that match their unique career preferences and interests.
- Facilitators: Carolyne Ouya and Sarah Gonzalez w/FUTURES
Week 4 [May 25]: Innovative Skill & Experience Building Opportunities for Survivors
- Description: Survivors often struggle with complicated work history and lack of formal experience in their career field of choice. This peer learning session will explore ways that economic empowerment programs can provide survivors with multiple avenues to develop a basic and formal work history, along with experience in their career field of choice.
- Facilitators: Rebecca Sisneros, Youth Engagement Coordinator, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Week 5 [June 1]: Engaging Employers and Building Safe and Sustainable Employment for Survivors
- Description: Economic Empowerment programs often struggle with engaging employment partners who understand the challenges survivors face in the workplace. And survivors may struggle to maintain safe and sustainable employment without support in navigating the workforce. This peer learning series will explore how to identify and vet employment partners, address confidentiality concerns between victim service agencies and employers, and support survivors in maintaining employment.
- Facilitators: Sarah Hayes, Director of Economic Mobility, Sanctuary for Families; Sarah Swanson, Director, IPS Learning Community, IPS Employment Center
Week 6 [June 8]: Measuring Success of Survivor-Centered Economic Empowerment Programs
- Description: Traditional employment programs measure success by how many certifications are obtained and job retention. However, are these measures of success the same for survivor centered economic empowerment programs? How do we know that programs and initiatives are working? This peer learning series will explore varying strategies of measuring success of economic empowerment programs for survivors.
- Facilitators: Sandra Diaz, Director of Impact and Evaluation, Restore NYC
- Materials: Restore NYC PPT