NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 23, 2020) - Nashville-based Learning and Development agency ThinkThru in partnership with End Slavery Tennessee have received multiple prestigious Omni Awards for excellence in educational media with the development of their Introduction to Human Trafficking for Tennessee Educators online training course. Receiving Silver Awards in Educational, Government and Non-Profit categories, the award-winning, state-wide training program helps public school teachers recognize at-risk students in public schools.
"It's wonderful to partner with an organization like ESTN that's making a difference in our local community. Hopefully, these awards further highlight the work they are doing in Middle Tennessee and showcase the great collaboration between our teams. They are wonderful people and we're grateful for the opportunity to help where we can,” said Matt Tidwell, Founder of ThinkThru.
The Omni Awards exist to recognize outstanding achievements in film/video, web and mobile media. They welcome entries from the United States and countries all around the world. To date, they have received entries from all 50 States in the U.S., and over 47 countries. This digital training content ranks in the top 10% in the world in these categories.
The collaboration began in July 2019 with legislation that mandated training for all Tennessee public school educators. “Thanks to Tennessee General Assembly Chairman Mary Littleton’s work with Dickson County high school students, Tennessee was one of the first states in the nation to require human trafficking training for all public school educators,” said End Slavery Tennessee CEO, Margie Quin. “This is a wonderful example of young people driving public policy that impacts their generation!”
This project was funded by Award No. 2017-VA-GX-0051 from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice through the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs.
“When we learned about the plans for an education program from End Slavery Tennessee, we were committed to being part of this effort,” Office of Criminal Justice Programs Director Jennifer Brinkman said. “This group has incredible compassion and commitment to their mission, and we knew they would be able to connect with young people on this issue that’s so important in Tennessee.”
Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Public Chapter 269 required that all Tennessee public educators receive special instruction about human trafficking. Since inception, 15,975 people have taken the training.
Think Thru is an award-winning, Nashville-based Learning and Development agency, specializing in creating revenue-generating training products for enterprise organizations and government agencies. By providing customized training solutions, ThinkThru continues to remove barriers to online education across industries including healthcare, government agencies, technology companies, and independent subject matter experts. ThinkThru’s dedicated team of instructional designers and multimedia specialists have created, managed, and implemented training programs and systems for Fortune 500 companies, SMB's, and Non-profit organizations. Most recently, ThinkThru launched an innovative platform, Course Factory, providing a cutting-edge solution for companies and educators transforming their journey from idea to high-quality educational media. To learn more, visit: www.thinkthru.co
End Slavery Tennessee provides specialized case management and comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors and strategically addresses the problem through advocacy, prevention, and training of front-line professionals. To learn more, please visit: www.endslaverytn.org
The OCJP functions as a strategic planning agency that secures, distributes, and manages federal and state funds for Tennessee, including Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds and STOP Violence Against Women Program (STOP) funds. OCJP has oversight of over $60 million in grant funds from 26 different funding sources. To learn more, please visit: www.tn.gov/OCJP
The Omni Awards are owned and operated by Media Corp Inc., which exists to recognize outstanding media productions that engage, empower, and enlighten. “We are primarily focused in the converging fields of Film, Video, TV, Website and App development. As a nationally known award competition, we have developed our reputation by only awarding those people who exemplify the highest standards of quality. To learn more, please visit: www.omniawards.com”