The King County Safe Place program began in 2011 and is a collaborative effort between Auburn Youth Resources in South King County, YouthCare in Seattle and Friends of Youth in North and East King County. Together, we support teens in crisis situations, creating a safety net for youth.
Safe Place is an outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for youth ages 11-17 in crisis. Local businesses and organizations act as Safe Place sites to connect youth and teens in crisis to community resources or emergency shelter. Every King County Metro bus is a Safe Place site, as are King County Libraries, Compass Alliance Housing sites and YMCAs of greater Seattle. Your organization, church or school can become a Safe Place as well!
Safe Place works closely with Friends of Youth’s Emergency Teen Shelter Program for girls and boys ages 11-17, Youth Haven, as well as our Street Outreach program for at risk youth ages 15-22.
How Safe Place Works:
• Businesses, non-profits and community organizations are recruited and trained to become designated Safe Place sites.
• Youth learn about the program through community and school presentations and the distribution of Safe Place information cards, posters and public service announcements.
• A young person may enter a business, library, community building or public bus displaying the yellow and black diamond-shaped Safe Place sign and request help.
• A site employee calls the Safe Place collaboration and makes the young person comfortable until a trained Safe Place staff member arrives.
• If the youth is lost or stranded and seeking help to return home, the Safe Place staff will ensure the youth is safe until a parent or legal guardian can come and pick the youth up.
• If residential assistance is needed, the youth will be transported to the nearest emergency youth shelter.
• At the youth agency, staff will meet with the youth, conduct assessments and determine next steps. Family is contacted and agency staff will make sure the youth and family receive the help and professional referrals they need.
If your organization is interested in becoming a Safe Place:
Contact our Safe Place Liaison, Jeniffer Gonzalez at 425-233-7892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To stay up-to-date with Safe Place in King County find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KingCountySafePlace.