A few weeks ago, we promised an update on Project SEEN, a collaborative creative expression class presented by Shyne San Diego, where survivors are invited to share their talents and business ideas with the goal of changing the narrative surrounding sexual exploitation from broken to remarkable. We are proud to report that SEEN has completed two four-session courses and the women have unleashed some ambitious endeavors that prove to be potential business opportunities. As the number one issue that SEEN addresses is the need to earn income, especially because survivors often suffer from financial abuse, the course has inspired the women to start their own businesses and take other steps towards becoming self sufficient.
Cynthia Luvlee, CEO of Shyne San Diego who’s brainchild is Project SEEN, has a unique vision for survivor collaboration and rehabilitation. As the host of the project and head of the business portion of the class, Luvlee has witnessed first-hand how the class has affected its participants. “The way that I’ve seen it affect them is connection to possibility,” she states. “They have really grown, come out of their shell, being more expressive, creative. Part of what we do is we foster a group that is safe.” Not only does SEEN inspire survivors to set goals and achieve them, it also assists Alabaster Jar Project with fostering a close-knit group of survivors who support each other where their voices can be heard and understood.
As we reported before, SEEN is a four-part class where they are mentored in their creative endeavors by Bethany Kelly, a professional publisher and author, Michelle Zousmer, a humanitarian photographer, and Luvlee herself, who specializes in business. The course is freeform and allows for the women to take the class in the direction they choose in order to work towards their goals.
The women who have participated in Project SEEN are on the path to achieve a variety of goals, including photography and photo editing, jewelry making, biography composition, spoken word, and a number of other business ventures. This is a great opportunity for women in our program and other survivors to gain professional expertise in order to pursue their dreams and take important steps towards independence. “When we look at survivor issues, we address at the core that they can be independent successful business women,” Luvlee declared. “That’s the greatest barrier on freedom.”
Project SEEN will have a public showcase at the end of the year where the women’s work, unique business services, and talent endeavors will be available for exhibition and sale. We can’t wait to update you again soon on the progress of Project Seen participants, their event, and their projects.