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H.E.A.T. Watch – Stop Human Exploitation and Trafficking

Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line:
1-510-208-4959
Office of the District Attorney, Alameda County
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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The Young Women’s Saturday Program (YWSP)

The Young Women’s Saturday Program (YWSP) was originally developed by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 2011 as a component of diversion or probation for girls ages 15-18 who are CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) or at-risk for such exploitation. The YWSP also works with youth referred from the community, including schools and through other participants. YWSP is composed of sixteen 3-hour sessions that are both educational and therapeutic in nature. Sessions are facilitated by a clinical social worker and a survivor advocate.

The goal of the program is to provide a space for youth that is both safe, non-judgmental, and addresses pertinent issues through a trauma informed lens. Sessions will include career panels, practical skill training, offsite activities, and survivor speakers to promote self-esteem, community building, cultural education and creativity through hands on and sensory experiences. YWSP provides individualized case management, advocacy and incentives for attendance and participation. At the end of each cohort, youth participate in an awards and graduation ceremony and complete an evaluation to assess the efficacy of the program.

Group activities and community guest speakers will address topics such as:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Self-Esteem
  • Yoga, Dance & Art
  • Self-Defense
  • Education
  • Financial Literacy
  • Employment & Careers
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction
  • Harm Reduction