Amanda Hightower

Founder & Executive Director

Amanda began working with trafficked youth in 2007 and found there was a severe shortage of trauma-informed services. She joined with a couple other social workers in 2009 to start REST, which has grown to offer a broad continuum of person-centered programs serving over 600 survivors of all ages and all genders each year. Amanda is passionate about how data and impact measurement can make the anti-trafficking field stronger. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate and has her MSW from the University of Washington.


What’s the Impact? Program Evaluation Workshop

  • We all want services to be effective and have the greatest impact possible but how do we measure success? How do we know if your services with survivors are making a long-term impact? How will we decide what needs to be adapted in our service delivery models? Join this workshop to learn how to define your measures for impact, implement data collection, and engage in ongoing program evaluation for continuous improvement. Not only will this workshop help you strengthen your services, it also sets you up for impact reports, grant requests, and other fundraising efforts.

Successful Succession Planning

  • It’s important to be prepared for a change in leadership. Learn best practices and suggestions to ensure that your organization can function successfully in times of transition.

Trauma-Informed Intake

  • Learn some of the best recommendations for how to be intentional in accepting and onboarding new residents into your program while adhering to trauma-informed practices.

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