Registration is Open for Focus 2021

What happens when a conference turns into an exclusive convene? Magic! In the city of Las Vegas, National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is excited to reintroduce a new structure for Focus 2021.

The magic begins Tuesday, July 27th and ends Thursday, July 29thRegistration is open and the event is (intentionally) limited to 100 attendees. Don’t get lost in the shuffle! The NSPN team is doubling down to raise the true odds for you, your organization, and the youth you serve. 

Click here to learn more about Focus 2021.

In March, NSPN released a survey to determine if your national conference should be held in person or virtually. The results are in! Sixty percent of respondents indicated they are ready to venture out into the world to attend Focus 2021 as an in-person event. While some respondents did share concerns of whether safety measures would be in place, it is anticipated that states will continue re-opening and Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases will decline. NSPN continues to monitor the status of the pandemic and is working with the venue to ensure safety measures are prioritized.

NSPN Celebrates National Volunteer Week 2021

NSPN has created a new resource for its members to help start or strengthen volunteer programs within nonprofit organizations. “Maximizing the Impact of Volunteers: A Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations” is available on the NSPN support center. This resource provides information on, volunteerism, position development, recruitment, screening, interviewing, orientation and training, supervision, and recognition.

In addition, the handbook provides samples which NSPN member organizations may adapt for their volunteer program. These sample items include position descriptions, volunteer interest checklist, application for volunteer services, reference check for volunteers, volunteer applicant’s statement, drug free workplace consent, commitment of confidentiality, volunteer contract, volunteer service record, program director and staff training outline, and a volunteer update meeting form.

The pandemic has renewed interest in engaging individuals and groups who want to make a difference in their communities. This resource provides a solid foundation for building a new volunteer initiative and provides a tool for comparing existing volunteer recruitment and retention efforts to an existing program. NSPN members may access this resource on the support center here:

If you are not yet a member and would like to access this resource and others, please join today at

Emerging Leaders Institute is Sold Out 

Registration opened early March for the 2021 Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), an interactive, web-based, six-week event for emerging leaders of youth and family service organizations to focus on the skills needed to support ongoing success. The event sold out within three days. Due to increased demand for the institute, NSPN scheduled a second session to be held beginning October 13th through November 17th. The October session is also now full. ELI will be available again in 2022 with dates to be determined. To join the ELI waitlist, please visit

ELI offers online activities and learning sessions, small group discussions, peer networking, and individual coaching. Click here for more information on ELI.

Launch of New Membership Structure Brings More Benefits and Easier Access to Services

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) spent 2020 addressing a Board-approved strategic plan goal of streamlining membership services. This goal was initiated in 2019 as a result of feedback received from licensed agencies and members over the last few years. Members indicated a strong preference for accessing specific resources rather than needing to invest in broader packages which may have resources redundant to knowledge already available. In addition, as communicated to and through the NSPN Advisory Board, NSPN affiliates asked for a simplified structure decreasing separation between Safe Place and membership supports.

In June of 2020, all members and licensed agencies were invoiced for a six-month period (July 1 through December 31) and informed that 2021 would see the launch of a new membership structure. NSPN is excited to announce the launch of its new membership structure.

  • There are only two NSPN membership options – individual and organization.
  • Varied packages (training, professional development, and organizational development) have been replaced with fee-for-service options ONLY available to NSPN members. The same services, resources, and more will still be available. Now, organizations are able to select what is needed most rather than investing in whole packages.

This new structure brings choice, cohesion, and increased community to our network. In anticipation of some questions, the NSPN team has shared information to assist you in this transition.

Will you Support their Journey to Safety?

Right now, in your community, there are youth, like Amaya, who desperately need your help accessing safety. Prior to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Safe Place® provided a safety net for youth who were dealing with bullying, suicidal thoughts, homelessness, abuse, and neglect. Today, due to COVID-19, families are experiencing intensified containment measures and children are at a heightened risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and domestic violence. Situations like this can easily leave a young person needing someone to talk to – or a young person needing a safe place to go. There are many young people who have sought out safety from Safe Place. You can read about their “Journey to Safety” here. Your monetary contribution will help provide access to safety for youth in your community. Are you willing to help?

NSPN Partners for "Youth in Focus" Collaborative

NSPN is honored to be part of Youth in Focus, a collaborative aimed at changing the way adults fundamentally understand and relate to young people. Youth development experts will lead practical, brain-based trainings designed for social workers, educators, law enforcement, child welfare workers, parents, and guardians all over the U.S. and Canada. Learn more here!


NSPNsights - Serving Up Learning and Laughter to our Network

NSPN members have grown to love the monthly eNewsletter, Plugged-In; printed newsletter, NSPNsider; and periodic blog posts on NSPNsights. Now, these resources have merged together as NSPNsights. NSPN recognizes you get information that helps you learn, makes you laugh, encourages you to dream, and calls you to action from various sources and through different modalities. Whether you prefer to read, view, or listen – NSPNsights is your source for connecting to others who care. Blogs, podcasts, Facebook live sessions, and articles are available for you to choose what you want to experience and how.  Watch for links to new content coming soon.

NSPN. Your Needs, Your Network, Together We Can.

Opportunities to Connect

NSPN's community forum is available to NSPN members, licensed Safe Place® partners, and Safe Place® Ambassadors. Log in to NSPN Connect now to discuss topics of interest, share resources, and connect to access a strong network of support or find directions on how to use the forum at


NSPN Offering Internship Opportunities

NSPN accepts resumes for internship positions! You're invited to apply for an internship with Safe Place, a community-based program providing a safety-net for all youth in crisis, and NSPN Membership, the leading membership association of youth and family service organizations with 40 years of training and technical assistance excellence. Learn more at

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