A Youth Exploitation Safety Symposium, which will address issues such as cyber safety, the prevention of human trafficking, and risk factors for LGBTQ youth, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Long Beach City College, 4901 Carson St., Long Beach.
The symposium is free and open to parents, college students, educators and students in grades eight to 12. The event is sponsored by the City of Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force in partnership with the Long Beach Council PTA, the Long Beach Unified School District and other agencies.
Various workshops, lunch, a resource fair and prizes will be provided. Speakers include Opal Singleton, an author, advocate and educator who focuses on the dangers facing today’s youth. An interactive session for youth, in collaboration with iEmpathize, will focus on empathy and why it is important in preventing and avoiding exploitation.