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Safe Place gives young people in need of immediate help and safety places to go

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Posted at 4:53 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 12:42:50-05

Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety.

The program designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country, including places like libraries, YMCAs, fire stations and more.

Designated Safe Place locations display the Safe Place sign, the universal symbol of youth safety.

Here’s how Safe Place works:

Step One – A young person enters a Safe Place and asks for help.

Step Two – The site employee finds a comfortable place for the youth to wait while they call the licensed Safe Place agency.

Step Three – Within 30 minutes, a qualified Safe Place volunteer or agency staff member will arrive to talk with the youth and, if necessary, provide transportation to the agency.

Step Four – Once at the agency, counselors meet with the youth and provide support. Agency staff makes sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional services they need.

You can find a Safe Place near you here.