Financial Training Expert Tom Gentile Launches Global Distance Education Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking

​This fall, Tom Gentile  – co-founder of Optionetics, founding editor of PowerProfitTrades, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on stock and options trading – will partner with Safe Port Initiative to combat the global slave trade by launching a distance education pilot program for 100 survivors of human trafficking in the United States, Mexico, Africa and the Middle East.

The Tom Gentile Distance Education Program, which combines the use of computer-generated avatars and video conferencing technology, is the newest project of Safe Port Initiative (SPI), a US-based human rights organization that provides advocacy and recovery services to survivors of human trafficking, displaced refugees, and victims of systematic persecution worldwide. To date SPI has conducted more than 60 rescue operations and awarded nearly three dozen college scholarships to survivors. According to SPI founder Christine Buckley, the new program will serve as the missing link in transitioning all victims, regardless of their geographic location or educational background, from merely surviving to thriving.

I've spent my career identifying high-probably, low-risk opportunities, and education is one of the best investments we can make to ensure a safer, more prosperous future for our children and our world.

Tom Gentile, Co-founder, Optionetics

“We’re very proud of Safe Port’s college scholarship program and our amazing scholarship recipients, who consistently maintain a cumulative average GPA of 3.5,” says Buckley. “However, attending a traditional brick-and-mortar or online college is not always the most practical option for survivors. Many simply need help completing secondary school, improving their language skills, or honing their vocational skills. To address these needs, we’ve developed relationships with providers of more than 3,000 corporate meeting spaces to deliver customized, culture-specific, technology-driven curriculum virtually anywhere in the world without the need to build a school in every location. In this way, we’re able to provide life-transforming education to vulnerable, marginalized populations at a cost of just $10 per student per week.”

Through the generous sponsorship of Tom Gentile, 100 survivors on four continents will begin classes including secondary academic education, ESL, life skills training and adult vocational training in fall of 2016.

“I’ve spent my career identifying high-probably, low-risk opportunities,” says Gentile, “and education is one of the best investments we can make to ensure a safer, more prosperous future for our children and our world.”

Gentile is no stranger to distance education, having used that method to train hundreds of thousands of investors to navigate the complex world of futures and options. “For years, the financial services industry has used technology to help investors gain financial freedom,” Gentile explains. “I’m excited to partner with Safe Port Initiative to use that same technology to bring true and lasting freedom to survivors of human trafficking around the world.”

Source: Safe Port Initiative, Inc.

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