National Safe Place Week was celebrated nationally on March 20-26, 2016 (#NSPWeek2016). This annually recognized week shines at 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 dedicated 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 was 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
Extra, Extra! Read all About Safe Place in the News
During NSP Week 2016, licensed Safe Place programs were featured in various news media outlets. Below is a snapshot of online news links highlighting Safe Place programs in several states.
We want to spotlight ALL news coverage received during NSP Week 2016! Please contact the NSPN Communications Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your agency’s NSP Week photos and news coverage so we can include them below and share on our social media accounts.
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development – Phoenix, Arizona
Safe Places for Homeless, Runaway Teens Expands with Light Rail in Arizona (KJZZ Radio, 91.5 FM): http://kjzz.org/content/282085/safe-places-homeless-runaway-teens-expands-light-rail-arizona
Safe Harbor Children’s Center – Brunswick, Georgia
Safe Place Program Celebrates National Week (The Brunswick News): http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/safe-place-program-celebrates-national-week/article_fe0dbedc-7e8c-584b-81ce-9c237029ddd2.html
YMCA Safe Place Services – Louisville, Kentucky
Safe Place Helps Kids Wherever and Whenever They Can (Insider Louisville): http://insiderlouisville.com/metro/social_good/national-safe-place/
Christopher Youth Center – Monroe, Louisiana
Christopher Youth Center joins National Safe Place Week (The News Star): http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/03/15/christopher-youth-center-joins-national-safe-place-week/81807886/
The Children’s Cabinet – Reno, Nevada
The Children’s Cabinet Recognizes National Safe Place Week (Nevada Business Magazine): http://www.nevadabusiness.com/2016/03/the-childrens-cabinet-recognizes-national-safe-place-week/
The Center for Youth – Rochester, New York
Safe Place Program Celebrates 10 Years in Rochester (WHAM 13, ABC): http://13wham.com/news/local/safe-place-program-celebrates-10-years-in-rochester
The Relatives, Inc. – Charlotte, North Carolina
The Relatives Kicks Off Safe Place Week Celebration (Time Warner Cable News): http://www.twcnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2016/03/19/the-relatives-kicks-off-safe-place-week-celebration.html