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GRI Hope Center was established in 2011 to provide hope to the hopeless women and children in poverty after my undercover interviews with Victims enslaved through sex trafficking. By 2012, My wife and I through some connections paid rescued 3 of the young girls. One of them quoted this bible portion to me when I visited her in Lagos, Matthew 25: 35-36: “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me”. Between 2012 and 2017, we have rescued 51 young girls and children from commercial sex trafficking. We don’t truly understand how blessed we are in America. As Christians, we are to feed the poor and help people who are in needs including freedom as part of serving one another and as we serve others we are serving Christ.
What we do
We provide Trauma-Informed care to those rescued by integrating the understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of sex trafficking trauma into culturally responsive services in cross-cultural environments. Our Trauma-informed care recognizes the impacts that trauma has on each victim rescued on physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. This framework helps rescued victims rebuild a sense of control and future over their lives. We provide a short and long-term services to the victims. We collaborate with other NGOs to provide Health Services, Mental Health Services, Chemical Health, and Family Reunification. Provide customized training for students, parents, faith community, law enforcement community. Our training aims at identifying, rescuing, restoring, and bringing justice to those victimized with this heinous crime.
Currently working with various government agencies advocating vocational and residential services to the
How we do it
We do it with your HELP! New Life Church, Ramsey, MN has been our main source of financial assistance. All the help we need has been provided through God’s grace and the generous support of compassionate friends and supporters.
We are adding Vocational and Micro Business to our residency services. Other services include:
The GRI Youth Education and Career Development Institute offers primary education for youth in grades K-8 coupling academic learning with social enterprise and career development. In short, we offer education, college and career services to youth. GRI operates a school designed to equip students with essential 21st century Science. Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) skills as well as sound foundational skills in reading and writing.
Included in the education plan are:
Academic Reading, Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies
OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM: THE SATAD MODEL
What is the SATAD model?
SATAD model is a data driven method of improving student achievement through monthly progress reports. SATAD improves both student performance as well as the entire school system through goal setting, data analysis, and continuous process and teaching improvement. SATAD keeps students, teachers, parents, teams, and schools focused on the goals. SATAD provides the needed information to make decisions to improve results.
What does SATAD stand for? Standard=Assess=Teach=Assess=Data
The SATAD model is based on the innovations detailed in the “Five Temptations of a CEO” by Patrick Lencioni. Decisions should be informed by the past in consideration of the future, yet, guided firmly by the present reality.
What the educators are trying to measure. State standards, the grade level, academic content, expectations, individual goals, grade level goals, classroom goals, school goals
This first assessment step informs the school and teachers where the student is based on the standards, grade level, academic content, expectation, and goals. Schools administer a pre-assessment using a standardized instrument to evaluate each student’s level of academic proficiency and learning need. The data from this pre-assessment will create a base-line profile used to establish learning goals, essential curriculum adoption, and revisions for a more improved instruction methodology using individualized Student Learning Plan.
Teachers use data to drive instruction. What do I teach? How do I deliver instruction? one to one, small group, whole class, and hands on activity
Assess: (as often as needed)
Teachers continue to assess what is taught to show mastery of goals and standards on a monthly basis. Assessing after instruction provides data to show progress or raise awareness of struggles.
Teachers then decide the next step: more practice as new learning approaches are being discovered.
Data drives the instruction is ensure mastery of necessary skills based on standards, individual, grade level, classroom, and school goals.
Data is presented as Monthly Progress reports. Data is not limited to only academics. SATAD can be used for other school metrics such as attendance, discipline and other expectations for the purpose of improving the entire school climate. Improving Student Achievement Through Monthly Progress Report Using Standard=Assess=Teach=Assess=Data (SATAD) Model.
The Role of Data Driven Education
The role of data driven decision making is vital not only to improve individual student academic performance, but, as a tool to continuously improve the entire school system. For in the end, “What gets measured gets done,” simply meaning that regular measurement and reporting keeps individuals, teams, and organizations focused — primarily because this information is used to make decisions to improve results.
The Standard=Assess=Teach=Assess=Data (SATAD) Model is based on the innovations detailed in the “Five Temptations of a CEO” by Patrick Lencioni, reflective of real world experience. The premise is that decisions should be informed by the past in consideration of the future, yet, guided firmly by the present reality. SATAD offers a unique methodology for gathering data and information to help in assessing, planning, and implementing educational strategies to respond to and address students’ needs for effective rigorous instruction, healthy classrooms supporting learning and retention, and to support a school culture and climate that fosters high student performance.
The critical aspect of implementing SATAD in schools is the adaptation of the MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORT method that helps school in acquiring data for the purpose of improving the entire school’s metrics in areas such as academics, attendance, discipline and other expectations. SATAD is structured to show incremental progress based on established SMART academic goals and anticipated achieved metrics on a monthly basis. Individual assessment of student’s level of performance to establish baseline data is the core strength of SATAD. For example, schools will administer a pre-enrollment assessment using a standardized instrument to evaluate each student’s level of academic proficiency and learning needs. Data collected at this point will be used to create a baseline benchmark for all students compared with the appropriate and anticipated academic standard attainment, as well as to provide insights into the levels of proficiencies and learning gaps. This serves as the basis for establishing learning goals, essential curriculum adoption, and revisions for a more improved instruction methodology.
The delivery point centers on students, teachers, families, schools, and sponsors to be informed of the progress and potential challenges identified monthly. The level of the learning community participation in these procedures is important as identified weaknesses or strengths based on the data collected will be utilized to produce optimum results and the desired learning expectations/outcomes for students and the entire learning community.
Entrepreneurship for Youth
The Leadership Development Institute offers leadership and managerial training for both the emerging and seasoned leader designed to increase competency and effectiveness as a leader in today’s world.
The GRI Leadership Development Institute conducts programs, conferences, seminars and special events aimed at modeling and coaching the art and science of the practice of leadership. Further, the GRI Leadership Development Institute collaborates with other human development organizations globally to champion the development of leadership competencies and proficiencies amongst youth and adults.
Included in the curriculum are:
Effective Leadership Practice
The Social Enterprise Institute conducts seminars and learning circles that teach and coaching the use of social entrepreneurship, to individuals and organizations. It operates the GRI Social Enterprises that provide skill-building and financial opportunities, through the creation and distribution of products and services.
Social Entrepreneurship Tools
Creating Social Enterprises
Social Enterprise Planning
Managing Social Enterprises
The GRI Health and Wellness Institute provides educational, programmatic and service referral aimed at the supporting the prevention and treatment of chronic and lifestyle diseases. This includes educating about daily decisions involving food and water, cooking and cleaning, personal hygiene, and more. Annual medical missions are conducted to distribute critical health care supplies and medicines to under-served communities.
It also offers public health information, and service navigation assistance to those who need it.
Employment and Training Institute
The GRI Employment and Training Institute offers work-readiness and vocational training, that equips individuals for current and emerging job opportunities in the local marketplace. The GRI Employment and Training Institute operates based upon employer requirements and needs. Our outcome-based trainings result in industry-recognized certifications and credentials. Included in the curriculum:
The Micro-Finance Institute offers micro-loans to support business start-up, and provides training and information about personal finance and strategies to overcome poverty. It provides support for individuals and organizations so they can harness and benefit from social enterprise and the creation of micro-enterprises as tools to reduce individual and community poverty.
The NGO Institute provides training for staff and leaders of NGOs. It provides technical assistance, programmatic and operational consultancy support; designs program, conducts research, and guides both local and international capacity building initiatives. The GRI NGO Institute offers seminars, conferences designed to build capacity within the NGO sector. Programs and services aim to ensure that NGO leaders understand how to operate efficiently, execute programs effectively, and demonstrate results of individual benefit and community impact.