CSEC girl holding sign that says I'm not for sale

Project P.R.E.V.E.N.T.

Atlanta is a center of criminal activities related to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), and the Center is committed to research and service to address this challenging problem. We collaborate with local schools and other community partners to research the risks and predictors of CSEC victimization and to develop and implement programs designed to prevent it and related problems.

The Center developed Project P.R.E.V.E.N.T (Promoting Respect, Enhancing Value, Establishing New Trust), a research-based, interactive curriculum to promote the healthy development of adolescent girls. Project P.R.E.V.E.N.T. promotes critical-thinking and decision-making skills to help keep students safe and to enhance wellbeing.

We believe that each group of students is unique and can benefit from activities that are tailored to their background and environment (i.e., school, community, ethnicity). Project P.R.E.V.E.N.T. was developed using the Participatory Culture-Specific Intervention Model (PCSIM) that draws on the Ecological-Developmental Model of Mental Health and tenets of positive psychology. PCSIM incorporates participation from key stakeholders and asserts that effective approaches to prevention require careful attention to cultural variables and participant input. Although Project P.R.E.V.E.N.T. was originally created as a prevention program with middle school girls in an urban school district, the model encourages users to modify the curriculum based on the needs of each unique group of girls.

For further information about Project P.R.E.V.E.N.T. or questions regarding adolescent development, please contact Dr. Ann Cale Kruger at [email protected].