National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is pleased to announce National Safe Place Week, March 20-26, 2016 (#NSPWeek2016). This nationally recognized week shines a spotlight on Safe Place, an outreach an prevention program for youth in crisis. NSP Week serves to recognize the many valued partners who work together to provide immediate help and safety for all young people. It is a time to acknowledge licensed Safe Place agencies, Safe Place locations and community partners, and volunteers. These individuals and groups are the pillars of strength that support the national safety net for youth.
NSP Week garners support for Safe Place and calls attention to local and national issues affecting youth. Well-planned awareness activities provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to share information about Safe Place and youth in crisis as well as opportunities to get involved in local Safe Place program efforts. Effective NSP Week activities:
- Increase awareness about Safe Place;
- Provide opportunities for advocacy;
- Build community support for Safe Place and licensed Safe Place agencies; and,
- Recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses involved in Safe Place.
NSP Week 2016 will be celebrated nationally using the following themed days:
- Safe Place Spirit Sunday – March 20
- Meaningful Monday – March 21
- TXT 4 HELP Tuesday – March 22
- Worthy Wednesday – March 23
- Together We Can Thursday – March 24
- Fundraiser Friday – March 25
- Safe Place Site Visit Saturday – March 26
Licensed Safe Place agencies are encouraged to host a variety of events and activities during NSP Week including, but not limited to: Safe Place walks and rallies, volunteer and Safe Place site appreciation events, news media interviews and press conferences, fundraising activities, community presentations, and more. Please contact your local Safe Place agency to learn about volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved. Don’t have Safe Place in your community? Not to worry. Learn how to start a Safe Place program.
Celebrate #NSPWeek2016 on Social Media
NSP Week is a great time to share information on social media channels about Safe Place and youth service organizations. Educate friends and family members about issues that affect youth (homelessness, abuse / neglect, bullying, human trafficking, etc.) and share information about helpful resources that pertain to these topics. Feel free to use the following social media hashtags during NSP Week: #NSPWeek2016 #TXT4HELP
To help kick start NSP Week social media efforts, download the official NSP Week Facebook cover image here: http://bit.ly/1SNaK0B
Stay tuned for additional NSP Week images which will be available in a photo album on the Safe Place Facebook page, titled “NSP Week 2016.”
Let’s Create “Thunder” to Keep Kids Safe!
NSPN has created an official Thunderclap campaign to help raise awareness about Safe Place during NSP Week. Thunderclap is a tool that amplifies a message when you and your friends say it together. Think of it as an “online flash mob.” By joining the NSP Week 2016 Thunderclap, you and others will share the same message at the same time, generating awareness of Safe Place through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr that cannot be ignored.
The NSP Week Thunderclap is:
Help me raise awareness about #SafePlace. Share the sign. Share the meaning. Keep kids safe. #NSPWeek2016 www.nationalsafeplace.org
How to Join
- Visit the official NSP Week 2016 Thunderclap link: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/36886-national-safe-place-week-2016
- Select the social media site(s) you would like to share the message
- Enter a personal message you would like to share along with your post (optional)
- Click “Add My Support!”
- Include your email address to receive future updates (optional)
- Share an invitation to your network to join you in supporting Safe Place!
- Want to share on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr? You can! Just return to the link and select option
That’s it! “Listen” for the thunder on Monday, March 21 when Thunderclap shares the above message on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr!