While I'm massively enjoying the fun of exploring London on my own, and have spent a fair bit of time working on my own abolitionist project (I'm attempting to write a curriculum for churches to use when addressing human trafficking, particularly focusing on specific ways to approach it for youth groups, young adults, womens groups, etc.), today I began my role with London ACTS and Stop the Traffick.
I went to an excellent mini-festival called Envision which is all about giving young people opportunities to get involved in major issues. One of the pivotal experiences of my childhood was having adults tell me that my ideas were good and had merit, and that I was capable of making a difference right then and there, not just when I got older. I hope to pass that gift on to others.
I spent the afternoon with two lovely new friends (who are also volunteers) talking to anyone and everyone about trafficking -- what it is, why it happens, and what they can do about it. I must admit I've always been a bit intimidated by teenagers (even when I was one), probably for the very same reason that they are an excellent group to get involved in social justice issues. Teenagers possess a level of energy, passion and commitment that few people retain into adulthood. They believe things fervently and often act by jumping in with both feet. Which is awesome. A little daunting to an introvert (really, I am) like me, but awesome. And these kids were no exception! I'm sure I met quite a few soon to be abolitionists today and couldn't be more excited to be doing the work I'm doing here. Thanks to all who have made and continue to make this possible!