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Former Brazosport Classmates Join Forces to End Human Trafficking
Free Virtual Reality Event to Educate Children and Families at Lake Jackson Civic Center
Billy Joe Cain, a 25-year veteran of the high tech video game industry, and marketing and community events promoter Donna Winzenried found they were each trying in different ways to help kids survive. They combined their expertise to help families in their hometown.
Together, they work to improve youth confidence and expand family knowledge about human trafficking and other key areas. Cain began a nonprofit, Radical Empathy Education Foundation, to develop and distribute an educational program that blends traditional materials with an interactive virtual reality experience called "Trapped." It uses the power of VR to foster empathy for people who are tricked into becoming human trafficking victims.
On Friday, November 30, the Lake Jackson Civic Center will host an open community event from 5:30-9:30pm, where all attendees are invited to experience Trapped for free. Families can learn how easy it is to be manipulated and how to recognize and avoid danger.
While children use the VR experience, parents can watch a monitor and see the choices their child makes to solve the mystery of why and how something happened to the victim in the story.
ABOUT RADICAL EMPATHY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Radical Empathy Education Foundation (REEF) is an Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to ending human trafficking in one generation. To capture the attention of young adults, they use virtual reality experiences that include fully interactive, computer generated environments married with narrative, user-directed stories. To support REEF's work, please visit https://www.radicalempathyfoundation.org/
ABOUT YIELDING ARTS - YOUTH INSPIRING EXCELLENT LIFE DECISIONS
With a background in business management development, Donna Winzenried has committed her life to helping nonprofits and individuals reach their full potential. Yielding Arts is one of many she has helped. Y.I.E.L.D. represents and specializes in Youth Inspiring Excellent Life Decisions while connecting the youth generation with the older generations. For more information, please visit https://www.yieldingarts.org
Billy Joe Cain
Radical Empathy Education Foundation