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Integrating Safe Place and Street Outreach


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Basic introduction to how safe place can complement street outreach services

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Integrating Safe Place and Street Outreach

  1. 1. Safe Place and Street Outreach …a perfect marriage Presented by Joe Martinez, Community Relations & Outreach Manager EOC Sanctuary & Youth Services Fresno, CAIf you are listening via the conferencing call center, pleasemute you phone by hitting *6. Thank you.
  2. 2. What are the commonfactors that unite both programs as thePERFECT MARRIAGE?
  3. 3. Building blocks of your relationship StreetSafe Place Outreach
  4. 4. How do I know if the marriage is working?Safe Place Safe Place Street Street Outreach Outreach Youth Outreach Offers Offer education, Engage youth through & Education Immediate prevention, and harm reduction and Program Interventions access to intervention trauma informed services approaches Supported by A network of Contact runaway and Respond to Advocacy and Safe Places for homeless youth immediate needs of Access to through street youth such as shelter, at-risk youth Resources outreach or drop in food, clothing and centers counseling Help youth exit the street and achieve safe living arrangements
  5. 5. Runaway andHomeless Youth SAFETYOutcomes Self- Sufficiency Well-Being Permanent Connections 2012 The University of Oklahoma QUESTION: How does your service to runaway homeless & street OUTREACH National youth increase their safety, well-being, and self sufficiency, and help build Resource Center for Youth Services permanent connections with caring adults?
  6. 6. Relationship Building 101 We approach and are open about being approached We are patient and nonjudgmental We abide by the Code of Ethics We remain respectful of individual differences We are safe people. We do not have a code of silence. We are engaged in a craft that affects human lives We are agents of changeTrudee Able-Peterson & Richard A. Hooks Wayman’sSTREETWORKS: Best practices and standards In Outreach Methodology to Homeless Youth QUESTION: How does your service to runaway homeless & street youth increase their safety, well-being, and self sufficiency, and help build permanent connections with caring adults?
  7. 7. Positive Youth Development• Evidence • Best Based Available Practices Research Opportunities Emotional and to develop moral positive social Support from values & adults norms Strong links Opportunities between for skill families, building schools, and community• Professional • Protective Expertise Factors QUESTION: How does your outreach approach build protective factors in the young people you serve?
  8. 8. When youth cannotget to a Safe Place theSTREET OUTREACH GOES TO THEM
  9. 9. Go to the youth…
  10. 10. Go to the youth… Know the youth Know the Know your hot spots community Know who to educate about programQUESTION: What outreach strategies do you use toaddress language appropriateness, culturalsensitivity, and the complex identities of male, femaleand transgender youth?
  11. 11. It’s a two-way relationship •Allows us to reach new youth who may not be a runaway or homeless but in crisis through Safe Place program and local shelter. •Homeless youth population more familiar with street outreach program but get info on how to access Safe Place…when they can’t get to us… we go to them. •Both programs help bridge the gap to meet the basic needs of youth through a network of partners and promote PYD.
  12. 12. Engaging outreach workers with the communityYES, I DO…to YES I Promote YourWILL. Program Raise Funds & Engage Your Partners Hold Special Events Nurture Educate Your Relationships Community QUESTION: How does your program incorporate and coordinate with local agencies to allow runaway and homeless youth to receive services outside of your agency?
  13. 13. More ways to engage… MAKE Update PRESENTATIONS TO SCHOOLS safe place locations RECRUIT USE NRS YOUTH AS PEER CURRICULUMMENTORS DISTRIBUTE: Use TXT4HELP POSTERS technology to OUTREACH CARDS reach youth FOOD , SOCKS, HYGIENE KITS & BUS TOKENS QUESTION: How will you provide runaway and homeless youth with education, prevention and access to intervention services on issues related to domestic violence, sexual abuse, or exploitation?
  14. 14. Using TECH TALK to communicateUSE OF TECHNOLOGY: A LINK TO SERVICE….another outreach tool:•Communicating with others is a key aspect of using social networks.•Post public messages.•Stay in touch with youth and make new friends.•Use the site to make social plans and provide volunteer opportunities.•Provide a way to interact with others who share the same interests.•Give constructive feedback on ongoing issues and connect youth to help with problems.•Promote safety on the internet.•Use the social networking site to offer a forum for teens to express themselves.•Connect youth to other sites for help and list toll-free numbers visibly and in high profile locations. LEARN THE LINGO AVOID PITFALLS MONITOR & MAINTAIN SITE
  15. 15. Communicating your messageNational Safe Place has launched a new project to help teens connect to a Safe Place location.The TXT 4 HELP project uses technology to quickly offer teens information about the closest locationwhere they can get immediate help and safety.Here is how it works:Youth in crisis can text the word SAFE and their current location to the number 69866 and they willreceive an address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter. In citiesthat dont have a Safe Place program, the youth will receive the name and number of the youth shelter or,if there is no local shelter, the National Runaway Switchboard Hotline Number (1-800-RUNAWAY). Pictured left to right from Fresno, California is the EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services staff next to new Text4Help bus ad campaign: Amanda Bouche, Joe Martinez, Vince Perez, Alphonso Russ and Latasha Marin.
  16. 16. Educating your youthLet’s Talk is aninteractive, 14 modulecurriculum intended to: Let’s Talk is an interactive, 14 module curriculum intended to: • life skills, •...increase knowledge about runaway resources and prevention, •...educate about alternatives to running away, •...encourage youth to access and seek help from trusted community members. The curriculum can be used in its entirety or as individual 45-minute modules. It includes the companion film, “1-800-RUNAWAY”. Let’s Talk is intended for teenagers, families, and those who support them.
  17. 17. Building up your skillsResourcesIf your town does not have a Safe Place program, contact the National Runaway Switchboard(NRS). The NRS is a national toll-free hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) servingrunaways, homeless,and at risk youth and their families.National Safe Place: |Many organizations have joined National Safe Place as one outreach strategy. Safe Placeprovides access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis througha network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses. Additionalinformation can be found at their website: Bureau/Community Presentations: |When it comes to outreach, there is definitely power in numbers. The more people who knowabout your program and services, the more chance there is that the person who needs yourprogram will find you. One approach is to have a "Speakers Bureau" at your agency to docommunity presentations on the services your agency provides and the unique needs of theclients you serve. Youth presenters are a key element of successful Speakers Bureaus. Inaddition, the National Runaway Switchboard has developed a "Runaway Prevention Curriculum",which can be downloaded from their website at no cost: Outreach: | RHYTTACOne of the most effective strategies is Street Outreach - actually hitting the streets to find the youthwho need help. A number of resources are available from the Runaway and Homeless YouthTraining and Technical Assistance Center (, and the National RunawaySwitchboard ( to assist organizations reach youth through streetoutreach.
  18. 18. REACHING YOUR GOALS… Increase knowledgeAvoid Duplication & skills of outreach workers
  19. 19. Connecting homeless & runaway youthFind safe places to call home and ultimately to thrive. Homeless Youth want… A CONNECTION TO FAMILY A SAFE PLACE SELF- TO LIVE SUFFICEINCY HELP FROM WANT A CARING FUTURE ADULTS SOURCE: National Network for Youth
  20. 20. Now that thehoneymoon is over…it’s time to make this marriage work… so get going!
  21. 21. "Until our streets are safe... Until families can understand each other... Until drugs and violence disappear...Until no young person needs to run away or feel afraid... There must be Safe Place."