Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities.
National Safe Place Network Mission
Ensuring an effective system of response for youth in crisis through public and private partnerships at a local, state and national level.
National Safe Place Network Vision
National Safe Place Network envisions a world where all youth are safe.
At National Safe Place Network, we employ a few key principles to guide our tactics:
Young people are valued, and:
- are capable of initiating the helping process and taking an active role in creating a healthier living situation.
- are more likely to seek help in places that are familiar, safe and identified by a standard, recognizable logo.
- have access to services on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Our service to young people is:
- focused on immediate interventions to address issues at the earliest possible stage of a crisis;
- supported by advocacy and access to safe, supportive resources; and,
- evaluated on an ongoing basis.
We believe the community:
- takes an active, cooperative role in assisting young people in crisis;
- benefits when a young person can access safe, supportive assistance rather than dangerous alternatives; and,
- must be educated concerning issues relating to young people in order to improve the quality of services.
Most licensed Safe Place agencies reach out to youth between the ages of 12 to 17 years old. Some agencies serve younger and/or older youth.