Say No More, a project created by current MFA Design for Social Innovation students Michelle Kwon, Meghan Lazier and Robin Newman, is one of just nine winners of a 2014 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant. Through extensive research, the team identified several verbal and non-verbal commonalities among girls at risk for sex trafficking in the United States. Using that information, the group developed the Say No More game. From its website: “For pre-teen girls at risk of sex trafficking, Say No More allows them to reflect on healthy relationships versus unhealthy relationships, learn to practice saying no and why it is valuable, and better understand how to assert themselves.” The grant proposal was submitted in conjunction with ECPAT-USA, which also aims to educate citizens and identify children at risk of sex trafficking.
The Ideas that Matter program began more than 12 years ago through Sappi Fine Paper North America, a branch of global pulp and paper company group Sappi Limited. It is open to designers, design firms, agencies, in-house design departments, instructors, design students and student groups. Submissions must benefit a nonprofit organization and be a “powerful force for social good.” Winners receive a grant of $5,000 to $50,000 by an independent committee of established design professionals. To date, Ideas that Matter has provided funding of approximately $12.5 million to more than 500 projects.