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Six Benefits of Attending Ideas into Action

Ideas into Action will help you prioritize transformational learning and action planning Each session is specifically designed to include you in a process built upon a presentation of a priority topic. Your investment to attend or to send staff members will return the following benefits:

  • Focus on research and evidence-based approaches which may improve organizational efforts to achieve mission;
  • Extended opportunities to engage with nationally-recognized presenters to determine what the shared information means for your organization;
  • Assistance in building action plans unique to the needs of programs;
  • Peer solution thinking sessions to identify potential solutions to capacity, time, and staffing challenges to addressing the selected topic;
  • Opportunities to engage with other programs to share what is and what isn’t working well; and,
  • Takeaways from group discussions on all priority topics.

Ideas into Action is more than a virtual learning event. It is an opportunity to participate in actual action planning around topics affecting our nation and youth such as racial bias, human trafficking, and challenging cultures found within organizations.

The time spent hearing, sharing, and engaging in action planning with others has been requested by affiliates of National Safe Place Network (NSPN) who have shared their desire to go beyond the PowerPoint and to focus on meaningful, sustainable change. 

NSPN invites youth service providers of all levels to register for Ideas into Action. This virtual convene will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT.

Priority Topics

Participants may choose one of the following priority topics as their primary focus for the event:

  • Navigating Difficult Conversations about Bias, Race, and Privilege 
    Presented by Kim Frierson, DSW, CYC-P

  • The Impact of Organizational Culture and Climate on Efforts to Achieve Mission 
    Presented by Tammy L. Hopper, MSW, CYC-P

  • Understanding the Psychological Impact of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking on Children and Families and Addressing Barriers to Effective Intervention 
    Presented by Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D. 


To facilitate deep learning and reinforce organizational implementation, there will be three sessions for each topic.

  • Priority Topic Presentations
    Participants will hear a presentation on their topic of choice from a nationally recognized expert in the field.
  • Idea Exchange
    Participants will discuss perspectives and exchange ideas of action.
  • Action Planning Session
    Participants will define individual and organizational strategies; identify potential barriers to implementation; and strengthen solutions for youth, families, organizations, and communities.

Participants of this event will be able to walk away with an action plan with concrete goals and strategies developed with the support of colleagues from across the country. All participants will come together at the end of the event to share key takeaways from each topic. 

Registration Fee

NSPN Organizational Members $125
All others $150 

Ideas into Action Schedule

12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. EDT  General Session: Welcome from Laurie Jackson
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT     Session I: Priority Topic Presentations
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EDT       Session II: Idea Exchange
2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EDT       Session III: Action Planning Session
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT       General Session: Ideas into Action and Closing 


Register for Ideas into Action today at Registration closes Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

As we work together toward the vision of a world where all youth are safe, NSPN looks forward to hearing your voice, your experience, your knowledge, and your ideas on October 7, 2021, during Ideas into Action. Join your colleagues today and turn your ideas into action.


NN4Y Webinar: Youth Advocacy Skills

National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is hosting a webinar on Youth Advocacy Skills. As a young person who has experienced and overcome homelessness, policymakers should be listening to your recommendations about how policies and systems should change. Youth can change systems so that fewer young people experience homelessness and more young people who experience homelessness are served appropriately and quickly. 

When: Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. EST

Click here to register.  

Upcoming Event: Training of Facilitators and Trainers

Training of Facilitators and Trainers is a three-week distance learning event (six sessions – 18 hours total) that is designed to help new trainers and facilitators, as well as those looking to enhance their skills.

This training includes the following course objectives for participant learning:

  • Assess the needs and expectations of an audience.
  • List the conditions which create a positive climate for learning.
  • Identify concepts related to adult learning principles.
  • Identify skills related to facilitating group discussions and process.
  • Create a training plan for site-based and distance training.
  • Describe and demonstrate the skills used in various training techniques.


The event will be held December 3 – 19, 2021.


An early-bird rate of $300 for members and $400 for non-members is available for this event between Thursday, August 18th and Saturday, September 18th. Beginning Sunday, September 19th, the rate will increase to $350 for members and $450 for non-members. The deadline to register for this event is November 17th. Space is limited.

Click here to register.

National Safe Place Network Announces 2021 Award Recipients

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) recognized several individuals, organizations, and businesses during its 2021 national awards ceremony on Wednesday, July 28 at Focus 2021 held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are honored to celebrate youth service professionals, volunteers, advocates, and community partners who have made a positive difference in the lives of youth and families,” said Laurie Jackson, President/CEO of NSPN. “The 2021 NSPN Award recipients have contributed their time, money, expertise, and voices to ensure youth safety and for that, we are grateful.”

NSPN is proud to recognize the following 2021 NSPN Award winners:

  • Community Involvement Award – Terrible Herbst
  • Culture of Respect Award – Dr. Frank McAlpin
  • Executive Leadership Award – Susan Frankel, National Runaway Safeline
  • Helping Hands Volunteer Award – Anne and Dan Henriksen, 360 Youth Services
  • HEREOS for Youth Award – Dr. Diane Tanaka, Children’s Hospital L.A.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Mark Wolf and Susan Harmon, formerly of National Safe Place Network
  • Model Program Award – “Value You” Campaign, Bellefaire JCB
  • Safe Place® Coordinator of the Year Award – Hanna Tacha, Youth Services Tulsa
  • Youth in Action Award – National Youth Advisory Board, National Network for Youth
  • Together We Can Award – David Mount, Seton Youth Shelters
  • Essential Voice Award – Mark Horvath, Invisible People

Congratulations once again to all of the 2021 NSPN award winners. Visit to read more about the awards and their winners. Nominations for the 2022 NSPN awards can be submitted at



A Guide to Gender Identity Terms

(Image courtesy of Human Rights Campaign;

In recognition of Pride Month, NPR and GLAAD have released “A Guide to Gender Identity Terms”. This glossary is not exhaustive but is intended to promote courtesy and acceptance. In addition to the glossary, there is also a Q&A on the importance of proper pronoun usage. 

Access the guide here.
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