Youth Services Kicks Off Teen Texting Program at Safe Place Open House

If a teen is in trouble and needs to get help, a new texting program will help them find the closest Safe Place to go.

Youth Services is kicking off the TXT 4 HELP program as part of their National Safe Place Week Celebrations at an Open House at Youth Services — Riverton on Wednesday, March 21 at 3 pm. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon will begin the open house by declaring National Safe Place Week in Salt Lake County.

The program will also include a tour of the facilities, located at 1262 West, 12700 South, and highlight the programs available to teens and families in Salt Lake County, including the new Safe Place texting program, substance abuse treatment, short and long-term mental health counseling, anger management classes and the Juvenile Receiving Center.

“When a youth is in a dangerous situation and doesn’t know where to turn, we want them to know that there is hope and there is a Safe Place to go. By adding the texting program, more teens can access and utilize this service,” said Youth Services Director Carolyn Hansen. 

Other Safe Place Week celebrations include a teen art contest “What Does Safe Mean To Me?”  which will be on display at the Riverton Open House, and an appreciation luncheon for the nearly 90 Safe Place sites located throughout Salt Lake County.

Youth Services is the only agency in Utah to participate in the Safe Place program, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing immediate help and resources to youth in crisis. Teens can walk into any Safe Place site and Youth Services can provide resources or transportation.

For a complete listing of Youth Services Safe Place sites, visit our online Yellow Pages for Youth Directory at  www.youth.slco.org/pdf/2011dysyellowpages.pdf

Press Conference/Media Event
Youth Services—Riverton Open House
1262 West, 12700 South, Riverton
Wednesday, March 21 from 3-5 pm; Program begins at 3:15 pm
 
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About Tammy Champo

Youth Services became my second home six years ago as I ventured into the social services world. As the Public Relations and Communications Coordinator, I manage the online and offline communications materials, organize special events and coordinate volunteers and donations. In my "free" time, I enjoy singing/songwriting, snowboarding and swimming.
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