Home On The Range was awarded a Prevention Solution Fellowship for one year from My Life My Choice, a nonprofit organization. Home On The Range (HOTR) was one of only five nation-wide organizations that received this fellowship. The fellowship award will be used for professional development and training for the employees who are working with trafficked and exploited youth.
Home On The Range has a high population of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) youth. According to the HOTR admission records from October 1, 2018 through October 1, 2022, 83% of the females admitted were assessed as CSEC.
It is one of the few facilities that specializes in treatment for trafficked and exploited youth. Some of the therapeutic programs include My Life My Choice, Ending the Game, Girl’s Choice Group, self-defense, trauma-informed yoga, social emotional learning, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) by our trained nurse, relationship group, drug and alcohol counseling and animal assisted therapies.
My Life My Choice’s mission and goal it to bring CSEC to the surface and make people aware and what to watch for. It is led by CSEC survivors who work with youth to empower them to defend themselves and society and not tolerate this harmful industry. Survivors educate youth and work with allies to help the youth rebuild their lives and have an impact within their communities.
This evidence-based program focuses on awareness and advocacy. My Life My Choice works closely with providers, law enforcement and other organizations to build a strong network of people to help children by helping them fight back and get a new start. The fellowship award will be used to train clinical staff to be group leaders. Home On The Range will have some of its employees and clinicians participate in a six-week advanced program to enable them to train other team members. This on-line course will teach employees the ways to deal with CSEC population in a residential environment. The basic training sessions will eventually reach all of Home On The Range’s employees so they understand the program, are using the same language, are familiar with what to watch for, and learn how to respond.