Why Mission 21?

We give hope to victims of sexual exploitation.

Our Mission & Values

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide resources and restoration services to child victims of sex trafficking. We assist victims of sexual exploitation so that they will be restored mentally and spiritually and re-enter society as survivors.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to turn every victim of sex trafficking into a survivor.

We do this by:

  • Giving our clients access to a network of service providers who will meet their medical, legal, and social needs.
  • Restoring victims spiritually through prayer and worship, art, music, writing, and sport in a safe and loving environment.
  • Empowering survivors and other advocates to end modern-day slavery by raising awareness so our services will no longer be needed.

Our Statement of Faith

We Believe...
...that there is nothing better than knowing Jesus.
...that the Bible is the uniquely inspired Word of God.
...that Jesus Christ was, is, and will continue to be eternal God the Son.
...that all have sinned and are separated from God.
...that man’s only hope is the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus.

Mission 21 is a Christian faith-based organization. We do not require any sort of religious belief from participants in our program, but offer spiritual components as an option on a case-by-case basis

Our Story

Our StoryIn 2010, Mission 21 was founded to fill a need in our community: to serve youth survivors of sex trafficking and their families. We provide innovative and exciting programs that are grounded in youth development and trauma-informed care.

Throughout the years, Mission 21 has been at the forefront of the movement to end sex trafficking of children. In 2011, we helped write the recommendations for the No Wrong Door model that helped pass Safe Harbor in the state of Minnesota and developed a specialized foster care model for sexually exploited youth - one of the first of its kind in the country.

We are a team of passionate youth advocates and social activists. Our organization has educated thousands of people throughout the United States on the issue of sex trafficking through our community education and training programs.

Mission 21 is a Christian faith-based organization. We do not require any sort of religious belief from participants in our program, but offer spiritual components as an option on a case-by-case basis.

Our Team

Youth and Family Advocates:

The Advocacy Team works one-on-one with youth who have been involved in prostitution and/or other forms of commercial sex. Advocates coordinate and facilitate one-on-one meetings, group meetings, and extracurricular activities as well as provide educational resources and assistance to families of the youth in our program. They provide child advocacy in court and help youth navigate through social services' medical and other systems when guardians cannot.

Community Educators:

Our team of volunteers is composed of a variety of community members who raise awareness to a variety of audiences including: youth, church groups, and civic clubs. The community education team also provides training to professionals who are working with sexually exploited youth or those who are at-risk of being sexually exploited. Since 2010, the community education team has reached more than 15,000 people and counting.

Our Board of Directors

Stephanie Holt

Awarded the Mayor’s Medal of Honor for Humanitarian Services in 2014; sought after speaker and educator; trained victim and court advocate; sits on multiple councils and workgroups that fight the sexual exploitation of children and adults in the United States including: JuST Council through Shared Hope International, Sexual Assault Interagency Council, Olmsted County Human Trafficking Task force, MN Human Trafficking Task force, and the MN Governor’s Workgroup for Sex Trafficked Children and Youth.

Matthew Holt

Trained Victim Advocate; educates men in the community, changing societal norms and decreasing the demand for commercial sex with women and children; works in collaboration with related NGO’s that focus on ending demand and men’s sexual integrity groups.

Kati Cooley

Co-founded and former executive director at HOPE Ministry; Account Executive at Townsquare Media Rochester.

Eric Shoars

Marketer; communications specialist; best-selling author; background in communications and marketing; education in Management and Leadership.

Financial Accountability

We strive to represent our resources well. To create transparency and trust, Mission 21 is on GuideStar. GuideStar is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. GuideStar provides as much information as they can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more.


We could not do this work without your help. Financially partnering with us changes the lives of youth survivors.

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