Survivors' Pathways Forward
Teaching Artist Training Initiative
Teaching Artist Training Initiative (TATI) is a program that Crossing Point Arts launched in 2018, providing training for survivors to lead their own arta workshops, as Teaching Artists.
When survivors discover their capacity for leadership, they are met with powerful acknowledgment by fellow-survivors. This very important step toward self-actualization for survivors in the TATI is an important role-model for the participants in their workshops. The sense of pride among the survivor-leaders is life-changing!
Our Teaching Artists provide training, mentorship and on-going support to our TATI trainees toward the goal of their teaching workshops in the arts in a variety of local anti-trafficking agencies. This step into a viable means of employment is an inspiration and an important anchor for survivors who are doing the hard work of rebuilding their lives.
Our Teaching Artists often discover survivor's astonishing gifts in all of the arts. Our efforts to help survivors find gainful employment has pushed us to start a Social Enterprise Program, teaching survivors to make hand made goods.
Survivors are offered seminars in the basic skills of building, owning and running a small online retail enterprise. This includes business writing, basic bookkeeping, product photography, web-page building, and much more.
Not only does this work serve as a pathway to employment, but it encourages a new self-definition of personal agency and skilled know-how.