Creating Safer Spaces For Youth

Safer spaces need to be created carefully.  Safer spaces depend on a triad of positive behaviors: listening, observing, and sharing. A safer space also needs to acknowledge the role of skin color, religion, orientation, identity, expression, ability, gender, socio-economic status, family background, school experience and personality difference in the lives of young people. Youth who participate in your programs need to feel as if the space is theirs. Guests from outside your program need to be introduced in an empowering and non-threatening manner.  Creating Safer Spaces For Youth addresses these practices and more; our goal is to demonstrate ways to create a welcoming environment where youth are free to be themselves.