Thrive Institute


On November 1, 2016, all NightLight Atlanta programming transitioned to the Atlanta Dream Center! We are excited for this strategic, unifying move in the city of Atlanta. (Read our full announcement here.)

We are in the process of fully transitioning staff and the programming described below to the Atlanta Dream Center. If you are interested in getting involved, please visit  If you would like to connect with a representative of NightLight International, please email


NightLight Atlanta’s Thrive Institute

At NightLight, we believe that each individual has the strength and power to make positive changes in his or her life, family, and community.  We strive to empower and support each individual as he or she makes the brave choice to hope and dream for a better future.

What Is Commercial Sexual Exploitation?

Commercial Sexual Exploitation occurs when anything of value (i.e., money, drugs, shelter, food, clothes, etc.) is given in exchange for a sex act (i.e., stripping, lap dancing, pole dancing, erotic massage, escort services, pornography, phone sex hotlines, internet sex chat rooms, prostitution, etc.).

Commercial Sexual Exploitation is harmful because it takes advantage of individuals in vulnerable situations — having little to no choices — and commodifies the innate human need for connection and belonging.  While there is a range of experiences, the experience of commercial sexual exploitation can include physical and sexual assault, rape, anxiety, depression, insomnia, flashbacks, emotional numbing, dissociative disorders, brain damage, and murder.

NightLight has found that individuals who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation encounter unique barriers in regards to career, education, relationships, parenting, and economic stability.  We desire to see these individuals move from a life characterized by surviving to a life marked by thriving — becoming leaders and change agents in their communities.

The Thrive Institute Overview

The Thrive Institute is a 12 month, non-residential program designed for adult men and women who have expressed a desire and motivation for change.  Through services and incentives that focus on the emotional, vocational, economical, and spiritual needs of each individual, this program will empower you to effect dignified change in your life and enter a fulfilling career path.  You will be treated individually and together with staff, case managers, and trained volunteers, you will develop goals and career plans to build a more sustainable future.

The Thrive Institute is made up of the following components:

  • Customized Case Management
  • Mentoring
  • Goal Setting
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Life Skills Classes (i.e. budgeting, conflict management, etc.)
  • Job Preparedness and Training
  • Book Assignments
  • Ongoing Support from Staff and Volunteers
  • Spiritual Support and Community
  • Referrals
  • Alumni Services

Who is Eligible for the Thrive Institute?

  • Men and women 18 years or older
  • History of involvement in the sex industry (i.e. strip club, prostitution, pornography, escort service, erotic massage)
  • Show a strong desire and motivation for change
  • Can commit to Thrive Institute expectations
  • Have the ability to read at a sixth grade reading level
  • Will be responsible for own transportation
  • All faiths and religions are welcome

How Do I Apply for Admission to the Thrive Institute?

  • Email for the Thrive Institute Application for Eligibility.
  • Complete the Thrive Institute Application for Eligibility and submit it.
  • Once eligibility is determined, you will need to fill out the Thrive Institute Application for Admission and submit it.
  • Next, we will conduct an interview with you and the Nightlight Staff.
  • Once approval has been decided for you to enter the Thrive Institute,  you will complete the Intake paperwork and agree to all program expectations.


Email for more information.

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