Co-Founder and VP of StolenYouth and the Seattle International Foundation
Paula Clapp, this year’s Ginger Ackerley Award winner, is co-founder and vice-president of StolenYouth. After investing in the film “SOLD”, which chronicles the life a young girl forced into prostitution in India, Clapp was inspired to advocate for Seattle-area youths forced into the sex trade. Clapp and her co-founders aim to spread awareness of the sex trade in Washington as well as raising money to aid the area’s sexually exploited children. StolenYouth has raised $2.5 million over a three-year period. The money raised goes to fund housing, education and counseling for exploited youths as well as prevention of sexual exploitation.
“Inspiring Women Night shines a light on the good work being done in our community. It is an honor to receive this award and to be able to talk about the young girls we at StolenYouth serve. Our community needs to know that 500 girls under the age of 18 are being bought and sold for sex; they are local children who are forced into a life they did not choose. I am humbled at the opportunity to spread more awareness about StolenYouth through Inspiring Women Night.”
– Paula Clapp
Today, Clapp serves as an advisory board member on the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights. Clapp also worked as a school counselor at Zion Preparatory Academy. Adding to her vast philanthropic ventures, Clapp, along with her husband, Bill Clapp, co-founded the Seattle International Foundation where she is vice-president of the board. With Seattle International Foundation, Clapp works to diminish international poverty with a focus on impoverished Central American communities. Clapp has also co-founded Global Partnerships with her husband to empower women and girls through education, gender equality and leadership training.