By Carol Hendrycks, Youth Services Communication Manager and Mike Varanakis, PIO
Salt Lake County Youth Services is the hub for Utah’s “safe place sites” meaning wherever you see the yellow sign throughout the County such as a recreation center, fire station, library, Boys and Girls Clubs and more, youth in crisis or youth who have runaway can seek help and shelter if they’re in danger. There are over 88 sites throughout Salt Lake County and Youth Services is there to help train and maintain our community partnerships in support of the National Safe Place program. Our Outreach and Prevention staff offers onsite presentations to groups, schools and community organizations.
Youth can also locate a Safe Place by texting “TXT4Help” to locate a nearby location quickly. If you’re in trouble or need help text SAFE and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866. Youth will receive a text telling them where the nearest site is, a number to call to get there, and the option to have a live text conversation with someone who can help.
Salt Lake County Youth Services is a safe place for youth 0-17 and also offers a program for young adults 18-21 through our Milestone Transitional Living Program teaching youth how to live independently and learn life skills. Youth Services continues to make Afterschool programs a priority to keep youth off of the streets and doing productive after school activities.
Youth Services will be part of the upcoming Safe Kids Fair on Saturday, Feb 21 from 9a-6pm at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. Stop by the Youth Services booth to learn more about Safe Place and free programs and services we have to offer youth and families. For more information about Safe Place or to schedule a presentation click here. Call Janae Briggs or Anne Schmidt at 385-468-4500.