About the Organization
StolenYouth is a Seattle-based nonprofit committed to ending child sex trafficking in Washington state. Inspired by the award-winning book SOLD, which tells the story of a young girl sold into slavery in Nepal, a group of local philanthropists banded together to tackle the horrific problem of child sex trafficking locally and formed the StolenYouth Board of Directors.
The hundreds of children exploited on the streets of Seattle alone indicate a thriving, often unseen, dark marketplace in our community. StolenYouth is working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in our community and to support and empower those who’ve been affected by this unimaginable abuse. To end this scourge, services for these victimized children are vital, and catalyzing a clear, proactive community response that “our kids are not for sale” is equally important. To accomplish this, StolenYouth, working with other community leaders, has built a coalition that targets critical aspects of this issue from prevention, awareness training, and demand reduction to victim support services.
For the past six years, StolenYouth has acted as convener, funder, and chief architect of Seattle’s movement to eradicate child sex trafficking by increasing awareness and action within the courts, law enforcement, education, and social services. As a chief architect of the Seattle movement, StolenYouth has helped shift the perception of sex trafficked children from criminals to victims. As a direct result, for the past three years, King County has prosecuted zero minors for prostitution and instead refers child victims to StolenYouth’s partners for safety, support, and school enrollment. As they look ahead, StolenYouth aims to deepen the community’s understanding of the issue and enhance the victim-centered response to the devastating, complex child sex trafficking problem our communities face. Their motivation is simple: No child should be bought or sold for sex.
According to police estimates, as many as 500 children, some as young as 12 years old, are working as sex slaves in the Greater Seattle area every day. Taking up the mantra “Not on Our Watch,” StolenYouth is creating a successful model to reach and support the young, vulnerable victims of sexual exploitation in a way that can be replicated in other cities.
Since its inception, the Board’s tireless fundraising efforts have raised over $5 million to fund a coalition of grantees and partners comprised of the following local organizations:
We are looking for a minimum of five years’ relevant experience working in executive leadership, nonprofit fundraising, communications, partnership and program management, and/or operations. Exceptional people management skills (up and down), written and verbal communication skills and experience with project management and database management are essential. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
Other key qualifications include:
- Experience raising funds for a start-up, on a fundraising board or in a fund development role is highly desirable for this role.
- Experience in grant writing, fundraising campaigns, individual donor outreach, corporate sponsorship, and managing special events is advantageous.
- Experience leading a strategic planning process and in vision leadership are keys to success in this role.