"The YMCA of Greater St Louis' 20 branches are trained to be community Safe Places for youth in times of crisis. The YMCA's involvement in the Safe Place initiative reflects our commitment to our communities and the needs of families and children who live in them. We feel the Safe Place initiative is a vital resource for our young people and we want them to know the YMCA is one of many neighborhood organizations looking out for their safety. Youth In Need is providing strong leadership for this initiative and we are glad to be a part of it."
—Deb Salls, Executive Director,
Washington University and Lindenwood University YMCAs
Project Safe Place is a national crisis prevention program for children and teens. Youth In Need is the regional provider of Safe Place services for the eastern Missouri region. If a young person needs help for any reason, he or she can go to any business displaying the yellow and black Safe Place sign. Sites include all QuikTrips, Walgreens, YMCAs, St. Charles City-County Libraries and most Fire Departments as well as all Metro buses and trains in Missouri. All sites are trained to call a designated help line, and a Safe Place case worker will immediately be sent to pick up the child or teen, assess the situation, and provide assistance. Project Safe Place is a great way for the children and teens in our area to get immediate help when necessary, and an opportunity for them to take the initiative when a situation has become dangerous.
Why would a young person need Safe Place help? If he or she is: A runaway, lost, in danger, being abused, locked out of the house, kidnapped, having trouble at home or school, avoiding a bully, on an unsafe date or in the car with an unsafe or drunk driver.
Eligibility, Enrollment and Cost
The program is free for any child or teen who needs help.
To use the program, all a child or teen needs to do is enter a business displaying the Safe Place sign and tell an employee that he or she needs Safe Place help. View a list of Safe Place sites in the community.
Safe Place staff are available to attend community events and to deliver presentations to schools, churches and youth groups. Learn more about what's included in a Youth Connection Helpline presentation and how the St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline can help children, teens and families. To schedule a presentation, call 636-757-9345.
Become a Community Safe Place Site
Youth In Need welcomes new businesses to sign-on as Safe Place sites. In order for a business or organization to become a Safe Place site location, the following commitment must be made:
To designate responsibility for the Safe Place program to a management level employee, who is at least 21-years-old.
To inform Youth In Need when a young person enters your location seeking Safe Place assistance.
To provide a safe environment where the child or teen in crisis can wait until Safe Place staff can respond, and to monitor him or her as needed.
To display the Safe Place sign(s) or decal(s) in a highly visible area on the outside of the location by the entrance that would be used by a Safe Place client.
To schedule and attend a site training with the Safe Place Coordinator to familiarize staff with the program and gain necessary knowledge to assist a child or teen in crisis.
To inform all new employees about the Safe Place program, including appropriate procedures to follow when a child or teen seeks Safe Place assistance.
The cost to enroll your business as a Safe Place site is $75 or $25 for non-profits. Signing up is easy. Download the site form, call 636-757-9345 or e-mail.