FORWARD FELLOWS

Forward Fellows are powerful young leaders, working to shift the narratives and systems that affect the lives of youth impacted by trafficking and/or the underground street economy in San Francisco. Supported by Freedom FWD and the Young Women’s Freedom Center, Fellows pursue a year of healing-centered leadership workshops, serve as the Youth Advisory Board for the San Francisco Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking, and develop projects to effect their visions of change.

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SUCCESSES FROM COHORT 1:

  • Received a Certificate of Commendation signed by Senator Feinstein

  • Advised on the San Francisco Mayor's Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking’s "Housing and Placement Recommendations for Youth," approved by task force in June 2018

  • Participated in a writing workshop by Fostering Media Connections. One Fellow was published in the Chronicle of Social Change

  • Completed a focus group with young trans women impacted by exploitation and/or sex work to support them in systems navigation and resources access

  • Created a PSA for young girls who could potentially be exploited

  • Created a short documentary from the perspective of young women involved in the underground street economy