The Ivy Center for Education Inc. will sponsor a Human Trafficking Awareness Workshop from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 913 University Drive.


Angela Roby, outreach and case manager for Ambassadors for Christ Youth Ministries, will present the workshop, according to a news release.


“Human trafficking, sometimes called modern day slavery, is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or services or a commercial sex act,” according to the release. “Any commercial sex act involving a person under the age of 18 is unlawful in Arkansas and under federal law. Sex trafficking is better recognized and more frequently prosecuted, but both sex and labor trafficking are a growing concern in the United States and in Arkansas, ” according to the release.


“In order to address a problem, we first must recognize it exists: that knowledge is the purpose for Ambassadors for Christ Youth Ministries. The Ambassadors for Christ is a Youth Ministries Inc., (AFC) a model faith-based organization,” according to the release.


The organization was formed to provide mentorship and counseling programs to at-risk, underprivileged and displaced youth through multi-faceted youth development interventions, according to the release.


Mattie Collins is president of the Ivy Center.


“The mission of the Ivy Center for Education is to promote student excellence in academics and good character which improves community stability for continued success,” Collins said in the release. “Therefore, we are happy to sponsor this very informative workshop for our scholars and parents. Students 7-12 grades are cordially invited to attend.”


For details about Ambassadors for Christ Youth Ministries, call Angela Roby at 870-619-2914. For details about the Ivy Center for Education and how students may join the program, contact Mattie Collins at kencol1@msn.com or Patricia Berry, executive director at koolaidpat1@aol.com .