Jennifer Wooden Mitchell has dedicated her 30 year career to protecting the health and safety of children and teens. Currently Co-President of Child Lures Prevention/Teen Lures Prevention (CLP/TLP), Jennifer began her career as a child advocate at the age of thirteen, when she lobbied the United States Congress door-to-door for passage of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation Act of 1977- the first federal legislative effort to regulate child pornography and provide funding for survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Thirty years later, as a national Child Safety Expert, Jennifer was invited to the White House to witness the Presidential signing of the PROTECT Act, which formally established the federal government's role in the Amber Alert system and strengthened penalties for crimes against children .
Jennifer has been advocating for child sexual abuse awareness and prevention education professionally for over three decades as part of a family mission. In 1985, Jennifer helped establish Child Lures Prevention with her father Ken Wooden and sister Rosemary Webb. She co-authored the Think First & Stay Safe, a turn-key personal safety program now utilized by over 7,000 schools, churches, advocacy centers and youth-serving organizations. Jennifer collaborates with these groups, as well as countless survivors, to bring primary prevention efforts to their communities. She oversees annual program research, updates and revisions. She also coordinates program approval and endorsements, including Think First & Stay Safe's acceptance as a research-based prevention program by IN Department of Education and Erin Merryn of Erin's Law.
Jennifer co-authored the program's Parent Guide and Student Workbook, which are widely used, both with the Think First & Stay Safe and independently. Since 1985, over 5 million copies of the Think First & Stay Safe™ Parent Guide have been distributed through schools & child serving organizations, law enforcement agencies, faith-based organizations, military bases, civic organizations, government agencies and television stations/corporate sponsors.
Recognizing the power of television and peer teaching, Jennifer co-developed the Teen Lures TV Newscast School Program in 2008 with her colleague, Rosemary Webb. She co-authored a corresponding parent handbook, Let's Talk Teens, collaborating with national organizations including RAINN, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, TeenCentral.net, Nat'l Center for Victims of Crime, Love is Respect, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Privacy Rights and Wired Safety.
Jennifer also serves as CLP/TLP's Program Coordinator, working collaboratively with communities across the country, and indeed the world. For the past three years, Jennifer has coordinated outreach efforts with USA Gymnastics (an Educational Partner with CLP) and California State PTA (an Allied Agency with CLP). In 2006, she won an Emmy Award (Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programs: Public Affairs/Current Affairs - Single Program) for her work as co-producer on the televised town hall meeting, "Smart Choices, Safe Kids: A Child Lures Prevention Town Hall Meeting," which was broadcast on NBC's WMAQ-TV Chicago and statewide throughout Illinois -- in conjunction with statewide airing of the Child Lures Television News Series, reaching millions of television viewers. Jennifer has also been instrumental in coordinating broadcast of the Child Lures Television News Series on network stations in over 70 ADI TV markets throughout the United States. In 2009, South Korea's Educational Broadcast System (EBS) turned to Child Lures Prevention to help produce a successful 3-part Educational Documentary on keeping Korea's children safe, which was viewed by millions of families throughout South Korea.
Most recently, Jennifer is supporting collaborative education and outreach efforts with Mercy Ships, USA Gymnastics, Child Advocacy Centers, School Districts, 41 Dioceses and Archdioceses, as well as A Global Partnership to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse with L. Raphael Geneve (headquartered in Switzerland) and its Global Army Against Child Abuse (based in Jerusalem, Israel), in cooperation with the Israeli Association of Rape Crisis Centers. This Global Partnership makes available, at no cost, the video Tom's Secret and corresponding lesson plan All Secrets Can Be Told to parents, educators and child-serving organizations worldwide.
Jennifer was one of eight national Child Safety Experts who were appointed, and served, on the Education Standards Task Force at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Washington, DC. Jennifer and the task force members helped create national guidelines and criteria for choosing child safety curricula. The task force, along with NCMEC staff liaisons and supporting agencies, developed the Guidelines for Programs to Reduce Child Victimization: A Resource for Communities When Choosing a Program to Teach Personal Safety to Children.
During the creation of Act One, Vermont's comprehensive statewide approach to child sexual abuse prevention, Jennifer testified before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee concerning Vermont's sexual offender protocol, laws and need for prevention education. She also serves on Vermont's Department of Children and Families Community Outreach Working Group, which helped to determine the best way to provide sexual abuse prevention awareness and education to Vermont's children.
Jennifer has appeared on national and local television, including CNN, MSNBC Live, NBC & CBS local news, Lifetime's "Kids These Days," The Montel Williams Show, and Geraldo to educate the public on how best to keep their children safe from sexual abuse, bullying, cyber exploitation and abduction. Jennifer also conducts Awareness and Prevention training seminars; most recently at USA Gymnastics' National Congress Conference in Hartford, CT and St. Petersburg College in Florida.
Jennifer currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Connecting Youth in Chittenden South, which champions a district-wide mentoring program, as well as other programs that help youth make healthy choices. She is also a member of the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. Internationally, Jennifer has been invited to sit on the Board of the Global Army Against Child Abuse, headed by Mrs. Ronit Raphael of the beauty brand L.Raphael Geneve.
Over the years, Jennifer has volunteered for Chittenden County Court Diversion Program, as well as the Emergency Department of her local hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care. Jennifer currently volunteers as a Team Manager for Nordic Soccer Club's Boys Premier Team. She has been married for 16 years, and has two sons, aged 13 and 11. Family time includes soccer, skiing & snowboarding, hiking, running, gardening, reading and piano playing.
Jennifer welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with you to help protect children in your community. Jennifer Mitchell can be reached at:
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