Local Human Rights Activist Jay Atlas Visits DVFS as part of 10th Grade Language Arts "Be the Change" Curriculum
UPDATE: May 8, 2015
The Long Road to Freedom crew is hitting the road! Jay and Sylvester are planning to embark on their journey on May 11, 2015. On this bike trip from Norristown, PA to San Antonio, TX, the team intend to raise awareness about human trafficking and the millions of victims worldwide. We are proud to count Jay and Sylvester as friends, and wish them all the best on their journey! (Nice t-shirt, Jay!)
LongRoadToFreedom website: http://bit.ly/1H6iRBf
December 12, 2014, Paoli, Pennsylvania — On Friday, December 12. 2014, Delaware Valley Friends School (DVFS) hosted Jay Atlas and Sylvester Williams, local human rights activists working to raise awareness of human trafficking and raise funds for rehabilitation and support of survivors.
Jay Atlas began his Long Road To Freedom project with a coast to cost walk from Atlantic City to Los Angeles in 2013. He and his childhood friend, Shannon Sprowal, walked about 30 miles per day to complete their trek, talking with anyone along the way who would listen about the widespread problem of forced labor practices and sexual trafficking of human beings, many of them children. In 2014, Atlas and three additional team members followed up with a bicycle tour from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida. Their efforts raised several thousand dollars for the cause. More information about their self-described "wanderlust activism" is available on their website.
While at Delaware Valley Friends, Mr. Atlas and Mr. Williams visited with several tenth grade language arts classes who have just completed a unit of study based on their work. In addition, they presented a special interactive assembly for upper school students (grades 9 - 12).
Language arts teacher Kathy Justi facilitated Mr. Atlas's visit to Delaware Valley Friends as part of her "Be the Change" curriculum, in which she uses stories of young people who have taken action to improve the lives of others to teach her 10th grade students reading and writing skills — and to inspire them to see themselves as agents of positive change in the world.