AN EXCITING UPDATE ON THE ACADEMY LAUNCH!
June 24, 2016
International Sanctuary is happy to announce we’re only three days away from launching The Academy! The Academy is iSanctuary’s groundbreaking, comprehensive three-year personal development program which offers income, education, healthcare, and community to survivors rescued from sex trafficking. The Academy will provide every young woman in our program with opportunities to dream of a sustainable future by setting educational and personal development goals in four core areas, while earning an income that supports growth in line with their commitment. The Academy will prepare individuals for a lifetime of sustainable decision-making and self-care.
International Sanctuary has spent the past year developing this program. Today we celebrate the culmination of those efforts at our Celebrating Change party at our Mumbai sanctuary! Participation certificates are being awarded as many young women have played critical roles in the development of the program. Say goodbye to the old, and hello to the new! Starting Monday, we are embarking on new systems, schedules, and perspectives.
Nervous excitement is building in the sanctuary as the first day of school is anticipated! Students have been assessed and lesson plans have been created. Teachers are finalizing details while a few finishing touches are made to the classrooms.
Watch this video to hear directly from our founder, Stephanie Pollaro, and program developer, Alyson Holsclaw!
Next week is Welcome Week. Students will begin classes on Monday. Handbooks, regulations and guidelines will be reviewed and study skills taught. Nervous but excited students will settle into their seats.
We couldn’t be more proud of the courageous young women who have chosen to enroll in The Academy. The bravery required to commit the next three years of their life to something new is remarkable. These young women are true pioneers at iSanctuary and will be the first graduates in June 2019.
Thank you to everyone who has given to The Academy! We are so grateful and could not have embarked on this endeavor without the help of our faithful supporters! We are still in need of an additional Hindi speaking therapist as well as scholarships for our young women. If you are interested in the social worker positions, click here!
To support a young woman’s education: Give today! Partner with us in The Academy as we develop stronger, wiser women.