Advocating for Youth
Description: Awareness of youth issues is vital to maintaining the resources necessary to promote positive youth development and appropriate interventions and supports. How do we share the stories of the youth we serve to ensure community and political awareness of their needs and issues? Listen to the webinar to learn how to add your voice on behalf of youth in your community.
Avoid the Identity Crisis: Effective Co-Branding and Marketing for Your Safe Place Program
Are you having an identity crisis? Is your community confused about who you are? Join the National Safe Place Network Communications Team for to learn about how to effectively co-brand your organization with the Safe Place program. During this webinar, we will also share marketing tips and ideas you may implement in your community.
Facilitators: Elizabeth Smith Miller and Hillary Ladig, Communications Coordinators for National Safe Place Network
Building an Agency Team Approach for Safe Place Implementation
Description: Need more hours in the day for Safe Place duties? Ever wish there were two of you for presentations, site checks, reporting, etc.? No need; this webinar will discuss ways in which you can engage other agency staff to incorporate Safe Place into their daily activities. Learn how to reduce your workload without significantly adding to the workload of others and strengthen your Safe Place program.
Facilitators: Kelly Potter, Safe Place Coordinator, Jamestown, NY and Karen Sieve, Safe Place Coordinator, St. Louis, MO
Engaging Safe Place Locations in Meaningful Ways
Description: This session will be hosted as an interactive town hall meeting for Safe Place Coordinators and Development Directors. Initial ideas will be presented to facilitate conversation and participants will be asked to share their ideas and success stories. Join us for this town hall meeting to learn from one another, share your ideas and help make the national Safe Place network stronger as a result.
Facilitator: Sherry Casey, National Safe Place Program Coordinator
Integrating Safe Place and Street Outreach
Description: Safe Place and Street Outreach have become the perfect “marriage” of programs for youth agencies with similar and complimentary missions. Safe Place excels in providing locations and visibility while Street Outreach brings a uniquely trained staff and existing relationships with youth who often need Safe Place services.
This presentation will provide the outreach worker/Safe Place coordinator with methods designed to integrate Safe Place into the delivery of street-based services. Outreach workers will learn 10 new skills in delivering highly effective and successful outreach techniques and strategies to target runaway, homeless and street youth as recommended by the Federal Youth Services Bureau. Outreach workers/Safe Place coordinators will learn to market a message to the right audience using new and fresh ideas involving social marketing through social network sites and text messaging. Other alternative ways to reach youth will be presented.
Facilitator: Joe Martinez, EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services Community Relations and Outreach Manager, Fresno, CA
Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Safe Place Program
We all want our Safe Place program to be the most effective it can be. Some programs seem to reach large numbers of youth and others seem to struggle, but what is the difference? Community youth attitudes are different, of course, but what can be done to maximize the potential and effectiveness of your Safe Place program? Some good starting points are:
Strong agency commitment to successful Safe Place implementation;
Successful outreach to youth;
Effective communication with adults about Safe Place and other available services; and,
Great community partnerships and collaborations with businesses and other public entities that can serve as Safe Place partners.
Our presenters are: Vincent Pollard from Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Troy Hedges from Pathways Youth Shelter & Family Services in Madison, Indiana.
Partnering with Fire Departments for Community Outreach
October 4-10, 2015 is National Fire Prevention Week. National Safe Place Network wants to help raise awareness of this week and use it as an opportunity to share ideas about how to integrate information about Safe Place with any fire prevention activities that may be going on in your community. The presenters on this webinar will share examples of how licensed Safe Place agencies partner with local fire departments to raise awareness of Safe Place.
Planning for National Safe Place Week 2016
Description: National Safe Place Week will take place March 20-26, 2016 and it’s time to make your plans! This annual week highlights Safe Place, a national outreach and prevention program which brings together businesses and volunteers to provide immediate help and safety for all youth. Join NSPN staff as they share the benefits of National Safe Place Week and review plans and resources created to help licensed Safe Place agencies celebrate the week.
Ready to Respond: Using the Site Employee Training Video to Ensure the Quality of Your Safe Place Response
Description: This town hall will provide coordinators with the opportunity to learn how the use of the Site Employee Training video can be used successfully to ensure the quality of your Safe Place program in an efficient way. Join Safe Place Coordinators Richard Gervais from People’s City Mission in Lincoln, NE and Norma Thomas from The Children’s Cabinet in Reno, NV to learn how they use this tool to effectively manager their sites.
Safe Place School Presentations webinar
Description: This webinar will present ideas for gaining access to your schools, information to include in your school presentations, and tips for successful presentations.
Safe Place Program Maintenance
It takes some time and work to get your Safe Place program up and running, but it does not end there. Just like anything worthwhile, time and attention is needed to make sure your Safe Place program is effective and continues to operate successfully. This webinar provides details about expectations for on-going program implementation and ideas and information about how to meet these expectations.
Participants will benefit by:
- Receiving clarification about program expectations
- Learning tips about successful program maintenance
- Hearing about expectations and gaining advice from other Safe Place coordinators
Safe Place Sites – What are the Benefits
Description: Safe Place sites have been linking youth in crisis situations to immediate help, safety, and supportive resources since 1983. Things have certainly changed in 32 years but these physical community locations are still relevant and important today. This webinar will review the role of Safe Place sites and provide an overview of the benefits these local partners provide and highlight reasons why they are still needed.
Site Recruitment and Maintenance
Description: Two of our experienced Safe Place coordinators will share ideas and strategies for successful site recruitment and ongoing maintenance of sites. The webinar will discuss ways to identify possible sites, ways to approach and recruit potential sites, building and maintaining an ongoing dynamic relationship with your sites, and tips for getting the annual site checks completed more efficiently.
Facilitators: Vince Renzi, 2010 Safe Place Coordinator of the Year, Family Resources, Inc., Pinellas Park, FL and Lois Loeffler, Safe Place Coordinator, ACH Child and Family Services, Ft. Worth, TX.
Summer Outreach and Awareness
Description: School is out so where can you find your youth audience? Fellow Safe Place coordinators will share successful techniques for summer outreach and ways to maintain awareness of your agency and Safe Place program through the summer months. Join us to learn how to reach youth in fun and exciting ways.
Facilitators: John Sherman, Children’s Home Society, Palm Beach, FL, Safe Place Coordinator and Nicole West, Safe Place Coordinator, North Texas Youth Connection, Sherman, TX
Sustaining your Safe Place Program
Description: How do they do it? How do agencies maintain and sustain a strong Safe Place effort year after year? Fluctuating agency finances and changes in staffing can make quality and consistent program implementation challenging, so how to agencies continue to do it? We’ll hear from two different agencies, one being the original Safe Place agency and one relatively new, and we’ll learn how they fund their program and keep up the philosophy of Safe Place strong and vibrant.
TXT 4 HELP Updates – Town Hall Meeting
Description: This town hall meeting will provide a short review of the new TXT 4 HELP features, which include the interactive option, the Spanish version availability and the transit message. Ideas and materials to support the national media launch of the interactive options will also be presented.
Facilitator: Robin E. Donaldson, NSP Program Development and Research Director
Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement
Description: Learn how to maximize the potential and quality of your Safe Place program through the use of volunteers. This webinar will cover ways to lighten your workload by determining roles that voluteers can play, diverse ways to recruit volunteers, and methods to keep volunteers engaged in meaningful project taks.
Facilitator: Susan Harmon, National Safe Place, Organizational Advancement Director