Not For Sale operates in countries all over the world, but is not blind to the prevalence of human trafficking in its hometown of San Francisco. In fact, 43% of California’s trafficking occurs in the San Francisco Bay Area, a city that is also home to the fastest growing wealth gap in the nation. These two factors create a dangerous cycle of poverty and exploitation, trapping many individuals that lack the necessary skills to find and maintain employment.
Not For Sale wants to disrupt this cycle by connecting those at-risk women and men with relevant work opportunities. Through their trauma-informed job readiness program, each trainee receives four weeks of instruction on a variety of skills including resume building, budgeting, application writing, interview skills, and more.
Thanks to 48 members of End Crowd and one generous matching sponsor, Playing Grownup, two at-risk individuals have been funded to go through the job readiness program. The amount raised is covering the costs of job skills training, case management services, living wage stipends, support groups, transportation, and interview attire.
As of April 2015, both individuals have graduated from the Not For Sale job readiness program and are equipped to secure permanent jobs in San Francisco.