For the past year, a few other students and I have been working with GEMS, an organization focused on combating sex trafficking in New York City. In November, a few of my peers and I organized a booth in the main lobby at which students filled out sheets that were part of GEMS’s “A World For Girls” campaign. At the booth, we also had a drive for beauty products for survivors of sex trafficking working with GEMS. Students filled out sheets at our booth that stated, “I want to live in a world where girls are ___.” We then hung the completed sheets around the school.
Reading the sheets filled out by students of all ages was incredibly inspiring. The responses ranged from “president of the united states” to “not for sale.” Many students expressed enthusiasm about empowering women and young girls and were eager to contribute to the supplies to which the survivors had access.