Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY)

Note: The MISSSEY program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents: Services for Victims, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Commercially sexually exploited youth 11-18 years of age

Brief Description

MISSSEY advocates and facilitates the empowerment and inner transformation of sexually exploited youth by holistically addressing their specific needs. MISSSEY collaborates to bring about systemic and community change to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth through raising awareness, education, and policy development.

MISSSEY provides direct services to commercially sexually exploited youth. Training, technical information, and workshops for social agencies, law enforcement, and members of the community are also provided:

  • Direct Services: MISSSEY provides direct services to commercially sexually exploited children and young women, which includes case management, resource services, and the program’s Safe Place Alternative (SPA) drop-in recovery center. The program also provides commercially sexually exploited children with client advocacy, case management, and additional recovery and transition services.
  • Training & Workshops: MISSSEY supports professionals in the field, community groups, and volunteers through specialized training and workshops on domestic human trafficking, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and similar issues.
  • Mentorship Services: MISSSEY collaborates with local agencies and Alameda County Juvenile Probation to provide group mentoring and intensive one-on-one mentoring to girls age 12-18 who are survivors of, or at high risk for, commercial sexual exploitation. The girls are matched with volunteer mentors from their communities that meet with them weekly to provide guidance and support.
  • Employment Program: MISSSEY provides year-round employment training and worksite placements for girls between the ages of 15-18 residing in Alameda County who meet the program criteria. The girls are able to gain valuable on the job experience and receive on-going training and professional development opportunities

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY).

References

No reference materials are currently available for Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY).

Contact Information

Name: Liz Longfellow
Title: Operations Manager
Website: www.misssey.org
Email:
Phone: (510) 251-2070
Fax: (866) 585-7819

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2013