Nearly all of the staff in adolescent services received training on Safe Place policy and procedure thanks to the hard work and cooperation of Stacy Suzuki and the group home supervisors.
The “What Does Safe Place Mean to Me” art contest was an overwhelming success. With nearly 20 entries it was certainly hard to pick our winners. Agnes Robl did a marvelous job encouraging participation and getting word out to the Youth Services Community. The Crisis Residential staff and youth made an eye-catching group collage and the Girl’s Group Home Youth even decorated Agnes’s door for the occasion. The staff at Riverton Day Treatment even incorporated it into one of their classes. Tammy Champo and ShelterKids were able to supply some really great prizes and the kids were ecstatic. We posted pictures of the winners on our Facebook page, so please be sure to check it out.
On “Tuesday Tee-Shirt Day” Michael Johnson was able to reward 17 staff and youth for wearing yellow and spreading awareness of the Safe Place Program.
The Riverton office was also kind enough to open their doors to us on Wednesday and include us in their open house where Mayor Corroon signed the “Safe Place Proclamation” proclaiming March 18th through the 24th “Safe Place Week” in Salt Lake County. The program was also mentioned on Fox 13’s News broadcasts that evening!
Thursday’s “Thank the Safe Place Sites Luncheon” was well attended and great networking opportunities abounded. Very special thanks to Texas Road House in Sandy for donating our lunch. We had 15 Safe Place Sites represented including Northwest Recreation Center’s Kay Cameron, who accepted our Annual Recognition Award for her sites participation.
This was a successful week and we at Youth Services hope that by conducting this event we will bring greater awareness of the Safe Place Program to the citizens of Salt Lake County and provide one more safety-net for our youth. Thanks again, everyone.