VoiceNation’s purpose is to make the world a better place for those in it and National Safe Place is an organization where we can get involved and do just that. National Safe Place is an outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for all youth in crisis. Locally, Safe Place is a community initiative that designates schools, fire stations, libraries and youth-friendly businesses as Safe Place sites where youth can access help and supportive resources.
VoiceNation’s very own Outreach Coordinator Kathy Levister is heavily involved in National Safe Place and we feel it’s important to bring attention to this incredible organization. Last week, March 17-23, the organization celebrated its annual event, National Safe Place Week (#SafePlaceWeek). The week is an opportunity to highlight the program as an immediate option for youth in crisis and recognize valued Safe Place partners that strengthen the safety net for youth across the country. The week brings businesses and volunteers together who provide help and safety to youth facing abuse, neglect, bullying or other crisis situations.
On Wednesday, March 20th all volunteers wore their National Safe Place shirt to raise awareness and youth were encouraged to spread the word about the organization through Facebook, Twitter, and more. Schools and businesses got involved as well, changing their social media profile picture to the new National Safe Place logo. In Georgia, Gwinnett County recognized National Safe Place at their county-wide track meet, which drew tracks teams from every high school in the county. Working as a volunteer, Kathy had the opportunity to hand out packets of information, and promotional items such as t-shirts and key chains.
“I told the children I had shirts for them if they could tell me one thing they learned about National Safe Place. They were so excited it became a friendly competition of who could tell me more,” recalls Kathy Levister, whose daughter runs track for Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett.