“Until our streets are safe…
Until families can understand each other…
Until drugs and violence disappear…
Until no young person needs to run away or feel afraid…
There must be Safe Place.”
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own. This easily-replicated initiative involves the whole community to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis.
Safe Place creates a network of Safe Place locations — schools, fire stations, libraries, grocery and convenience stores, public transit, YMCAs and other appropriate public buildings – that display the yellow and black diamond-shaped Safe Place sign. These locations extend the doors of the youth service agency or emergency shelter throughout the community. Youth can easily access immediate help wherever they are.
Our mission is to provide access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses.
Safe Place is universally recognized and used by youth across America as the place to go for immediate help and safety.
At National Safe Place, 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.
- 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.
- must be educated concerning issues relating to young people in order to improve the quality of services.
Most Safe Place agencies reach out to youth between the ages of 12 to 17 years old. Some agencies serve younger and/or older youth.