AEM Volunteer Training
Become a certified volunteer with Araminta by completing our AEM Volunteer Training Course and help us fulfill our mission to awaken, equip, and mobilize (AEM) the Church and community in Maryland to end human trafficking through education, prevention strategies, and restorative survivor services.
Training consists of 3-parts and we host each section at least twice per year. Additionally, Survivor Services and Certified Presenters trainings are hosted throughout the year as needs arise.
PART 1 — AWAKEN: Introduction to Human Trafficking
Join us for part 1 of 3-part series designed to awaken individuals to the reality of child sex trafficking in Maryland. Advance registration is helpful, but not required. It is free of charge and open to the public. Participants will:
- Gain a deeper understanding of child sex trafficking
- Be challenged and encouraged to participate in our community-based response
- Choose to complete parts 2&3 to become a certified volunteer or engage in various ways outlined during the event
PARTS 2 & 3 — Certified Volunteer Training
During parts 2 & 3, participants will be equipped with a deeper understanding of the complexities of trafficking and those involved, and further mobilized through many different Araminta engagement opportunities. A background check is required prior to attendance at Parts 2 & 3.
Upcoming Training Dates
|AWAKEN: Introduction to Human Trafficking||August 28th||6:30-8:30||Bethany Church, Ellicott City|
|AWAKEN: Introduction to Human Trafficking||September 19th||6:30 – 8:30 pm||Edgewood Church of Christ, Joppa, MD|
|AWAKEN: Introduction to Human Trafficking||October 9th||6:30 – 8:30 pm||The Well, Curtis Bay, MD|
|AEM Certified Volunteer Training||October 12th||9:00 am – 3:00 pm||The Foundry, Baltimore, MD|
Are there requirements to attend AWAKEN?
Participants must be at least 15 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian if under 18. We welcome people of all faiths, or no faith, to join us in the mission to end human trafficking. All participants must bring a photo ID for check-in.
If I only attend AWAKEN can I still volunteer?
An individual who attends an Awaken event, but does not complete parts 2 & 3 may choose to serve in the following ways:
- Help meet practical needs for survivors and their families through our Tangible Needs emails
- Volunteer at certain Araminta events like Race Against Traffick
- Raise funds to sustain the mission through peer-to-peer fundraising
- Receive the monthly prayer email
What does it mean to be a certified volunteer?
Certified Volunteers participate in Awaken, complete a background check, and go through parts 2 & 3 of AEM Training. In addition, they have a one-to-one with a member of staff, board or volunteer leadership to determine the team(s) they are most compelled to engage with. They are able to serve on any of our volunteer teams — with potential of holding leadership positions.
Additionally, certified volunteers may choose to complete our extended trainings. Survivor Services training equips volunteers to work directly with survivors and at-risk youth through our mentoring and advocacy programs. Certified Presenter Training qualifies volunteers to give professional and/or community presentations on behalf of Araminta.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Participants must be at least 15 years old at the time of an Awaken event. Those under 18 must complete a permission form and attend with their parent or legal guardian. Minors who wish to become certified volunteers may need to be accompanied during future volunteer activities depending on the area of engagement.
Does volunteer training cost anything?
Awaken events and AEM Training is free of charge. There is a cost associated with obtaining a background check. Some may wish to help Araminta defray costs by paying the fee directly. Payment is optional. Due to regulations, we cannot accept background checks performed by other agencies.
What is the nature, content, or structure of the trainings?
Please email our volunteer coordinator with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.