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In this episode of the 411 Live, Beverly Taylor talks to Nancy Yarbrough, founder of Fresh Start Learning, about the fine line of dating and being groomed for trafficking.
We will explore the explosive topic of the dangers sex trafficking brings into the realm of dating. Sadly, some victims of sex trafficking were introduced to it by being groomed for sex trafficking when they thought they were dating someone. This horrifying reality happens too often and Nancy Yarbrough will help us navigate through it.
Nancy Yarbrough tells her own story and the experience she went through. She knows first-hand the vulnerabilities traffickers use to victimize someone and the tactic of “dating” to groom them. Through her own story we’re able to learn what to look for, their intentions, and how they treat you. You may be thinking that anyone should be able to know when they’re being groomed for sex trafficking compared to when it’s the real deal but sadly this happens too often. Join us as we get real about being groomed or dating. This is the 411 Live.
About Fresh Start Learning, Inc.
Fresh Start Learning Inc. has made great strides in the community through their outreach and advocacy for domestic violence, human trafficking, and other struggles that plague our society. They are committed to reaching higher heights and deeper depths to improve the quality of life for those who have lost hope.
They take a holistic approach to achieving doable goals through their Simple Concepts program. starts with meeting our clients where they are out on the street. They offer a friendly smile and a Purpose-filled Purse filled with personal care items and a letter of love to let them know Fresh Start Learning is here to help when they are ready.
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Our current project is the “Trafficked” More Than Just A Story Healing Series. Production costs for this project are well over $300,000, and we are asking for your assistance. Donations will go towards The 411 Live “Trafficked” More Than Just A Story Healing Series and to continue The “I Dare You To Heal Movement” that helps support survivors through their journey of healing focusing on human trafficking and other traumatic experiences.
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Beverly Taylor, Host
Beverly Taylor is a prober, listener and talker. She utilized all those skills as an anchor and reporter at WITI-TV (Fox 6 News). During her 21 years there, Beverly became a very recognized face in southeast Wisconsin. The most rewarding aspect of the job for her was telling stories that make a positive difference in people’s lives and stories that bring awareness. That included multiple stories about sex trafficking, which makes this podcast about the subject a logical fit.
For her efforts, Beverly has received a lot in return. She’s met people in different stages of life: during their most joyous times, their most vulnerable times, and their most painful times. These people have given Beverly tremendous examples of courage, generosity and determination.
Beverly has received many honors for her reporting, including three EMMY nominations. The University of Tennessee graduate also has a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Marquette University. She left TV news in December of 2019. Resolving conflict is another way she hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of others. She is a video production contractor, voice-over artist and podcaster.
Putting God first is a constant aim for Beverly. She is a member of New Testament Church of Milwaukee, and loves hanging out with her husband Julian and son, Nate.
Lashondra Scott, Producer
LaShondra Scott is a visionary leader on a mission to change the conditions, mindsets and attitudes of community residents through transformative and mission-driven films, television shows and new media.
LaShondra, a production executive for over 15 years, has produced and directed television programing, documentaries, video and radio content that has been broadcasted on a variety of outlets including, MPTV, radio 1290 WMCS and cable outlets. Scott, President and CEO of Neo Soul Productions also creates inspiring videos for business, organizations and non-profits.
LaShondra’s keen interest in her community and an intense desire to change the conditions so many of her fellow citizens experience, help her focus her eye on films that make a difference. With God’s guidance, she seeks to completely transform the mindsets and attitudes of individuals as wells as provide a sense of direction and purpose for all who share her vision.
“Always live life with a purpose” is Lashondra’s motto. She strives to make at least one person smile everyday because, as she says, “You never know what that person is going through, and making them smile could change their mood and make life just a little better.”
At an early age, Lashondra saw her life through the lens of a camera. She was 16 when she decided that television/video production would be her vocation. With that in mind, she attended Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and earned an Associate’s Degree in Television/Video Production. She then earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Glendale, WI.
She is on the programming committee of the Milwaukee Film Makers Alliance and is part of the Human Trafficking Taskforce of Milwaukee and Sojourner’s Family Peace Center’s human trafficking task force.
Dewayne Edwards, Associate Producer
Dewayne Edwards was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He loves all areas of filmmaking and is passionate about using the world around him to inspire his stories. With his passion for writing, he loves to develop stories to not only show a journey but to get the audience thinking.
With experience in writing, producing, and directing, Dewayne inspires to grow the filmmaking community in Milwaukee to show the different ways we can express our creative minds. Having grown up in Milwaukee, Dewayne knows that there are a lot of stories to tell to help and inspire people all over the world.