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What is Safe Place?

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. As a collaborative community prevention initiative, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Safe Place locations include: libraries, YMCAs, fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities. 

We’re Safe Place and we want to help.

When teens find themselves in crisis or need a place to stay, they should know how and where to get help. Our nation’s young people deserve safety and shelter, and many youth feel they don’t have either. Thanks to Safe Place, immediate help is never too far away.

Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. As a community initiative, the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display the yellow and black sign.

Safe Place locations extend the doors of the local youth service agency or shelter to support teens in crisis situations, creating a safety net for youth.

Is your community safe for young people?

We can't deny our world is growing.  With growth comes increased opportunity, such as technology (both platform and skill), larger communities, and creative new ways to make our world easier and more convenient. However, these new opportunities and ways of living also increase the risk of unsafe situations and environments for young people. Technology provides a platform to make bullying and stalking easier.  Larger communities and faster paced life-styles can create stress on families – even increasing the potential for drug and alcohol abuse. As we continue to open ourselves up to what the world has to offer, youth continue to be faced with more and increasingly difficult challenges. It's a critical time to ensure every young person has someplace to go and someone to help. Help make sure youth in your community aren’t facing these challenges alone. Make your community a Safe Place community.