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Nominate a Colleague for a 2021 National Safe Place Network Award

Each year, youth service professionals, dedicated volunteers, and community organizations work diligently to strengthen youth and families in communities across the country. The National Safe Place Network (NSPN) awards provide you with an opportunity to celebrate colleagues who have made a difference in the youth service field and offer thanks by nominating them for an award. NSPN is honored to recognize those making a difference in the lives of youth. 2020 has been consistently identified as one of the most difficult years in recent memory. This is a perfect time to recognize those individuals and partners who went above and beyond to ensure available services to youth in crisis.

NSPN is accepting nominations for the following 2021 NSPN Awards:

  • Community Involvement Award
  • Culture of Respect Award
  • Executive Leadership Award
  • Helping Hands Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Model Program Award
  • Safe Place Coordinator of the Year
  • Youth in Action Award

Please visit to learn more about each award, view the 2020 NSPN Award winners, and to submit your nomination for the 2021 NSPN Awards.

Nominations deadline: April 23, 2021
Submit your nomination today:


National Safe Place Week Highlights Safe Place® Program for Youth

(Louisville, KY) March 21, 2021 – National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is pleased to announce March 21-27, 2021 as National Safe Place (NSP) Week. The nationally recognized week serves to raise awareness about the Safe Place program, a national program which brings together businesses, local organizations, emergency services, and volunteers to help youth in crisis.

“Unfortunately, young people face troubling issues in today’s world, such as abuse, neglect, bullying and serious family problems,” said Laurie Jackson, President / CEO for NSPN. “It’s up to all of us to offer solutions, places where youth can go to get help. NSP Week provides an opportunity for communities across the country to assess and strengthen their safety net for youth.”

Safe Place consists of a national network of more than 22,000 partnering businesses and community locations, such as fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, public buses and libraries, which display the Safe Place sign in their windows. As youth enter a designated Safe Place and ask for help, trained staff members connect them to the appropriate youth shelter for assistance.

In addition to Safe Place sites, youth may also access immediate help via TXT 4 HELP, a text-for-support service for youth in crisis. Teens can text the word “SAFE” to 4HELP (44357) and follow the prompts to receive a message with the closest Safe Place location and the number for the local youth shelter. Users also have the option to text interactively with a counselor for additional help.

Since its inception in 1983, Safe Place has helped more than 383,000 youth and currently serves more than 1,500 communities across the country. The program is managed by 147 youth agencies and 1 transit partner in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

About National Safe Place Network
National Safe Place Network (NSPN) operates nationally-recognized programs, including Safe Place®, a youth outreach and prevention program for youth in need of immediate help and safety. More than 20,000 businesses and community locations participate as Safe Place sites – such as restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, public buses, and libraries. These locations display the Safe Place sign and connect youth in crisis with resources and supports. Safe Place also provides a national text-for-support program, TXT 4 HELP. Teens can text the word “SAFE” to 4HELP (44357) and access options to locate the nearest Safe Place and text one-on-one with a counselor. TXT 4 HELP is available 24/7/365. In addition to Safe Place, NSPN provides quality training, capacity building, and technical support to youth and family service organizations across the nation. NSPN Learn more about NSPN and Safe Place at and


National Network for Youth Hosts Free Summit Webinar

National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is hosting a free, two-hour webinar on March 24th that shares updates on the fight against youth homelessness. The webinar will include:

  • Remarks from Melinda Giovengo, CEO, YouthCare, and our Board Chair Can one person really make a difference?
  • Insight from Darla Bardine, Executive Director What can be done in your community to address gaps in services for youth? 
  • How you can engage young leaders who have experienced homelessness to define a policy agenda and educate the public? 
  • Ways to empower youth: learn directly from the National Youth Advisory Council members

To register for the webinar, click here. To read more information about NN4Y’s upcoming National Summit click here.


SchoolHouse Connection's 2021 State Policy Advocacy

SchoolHouse Connection has released information about their 2021 state advocacy campaigns in Kentucky, California, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Texas. The focus areas of these advocacy campaigns are:

  • Minor consent and access to services,
  • Success in higher education,
  • High school graduation, and
  • Employment.
Click here to read more about these legislative priorities.

Children's Book Benefits Safe Place®

Nicole Leckenby has published a new children's book, COVID. COVID is a children's book that explores how a young child views all of the new changes in their life during the pandemic and is recommended for children in pre-k - 1st grade. $1 from each book sold will be donated to Safe Place.

Click here to purchase the book.
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