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Screening Applicants for Effectiveness (SAFE)

9/23/2014 8:30:00 AM

9/23/2014 3:00:00 PM

Co-Presented with Duluth's First Witness Child Advocacy Center

Praise for SAFE

Screening Applicants for Effectiveness (SAFE)

“In six years this was the most beneficial and valuable training that I have attended.”

“This is one of the best training sessions I have attended. The information was extremely useful and the presentation of the information was interesting. Thank you.”

“It was a very heavy topic but the facilitators did a great job to make sure everyone felt safe and supported.”

-- Participants from March 2014 SAFE Workshop

"That man did not look like a scary, creepy man. He looked like a regular man. A regular man who could work at Publix or a regular man who works in an office. That's another piece that I really want people to see and understand. They don't look like lizards. He seemed genuinely gentle.

-- Lauren Book, Victim Industry Advocate

We would all agree that the safety of children and youth is one of our top priorities as youth serving organizations. At the same time, it seems that there is a new story in the news every day disclosing a young person who was a victim of sexual abuse. As mentoring professionals, it is our responsibility to create a thoughtful and thorough screening process to keep the kids we work safe from this type of harm.

How can we best screen volunteers to ensure this? Are background checks really enough to keep kids safe or is there more we should be doing? What do we need in place to make sure that people who might harm kids don’t get through our process while not excluding caring volunteers?

The Screening Applicants for Effectiveness (SAFE) training was developed by Friends for Youth and includes the latest in child molestation research, wisdom from decades of experience with screening volunteers, and recommendations from leading experts on child exploitation based on the book SAFE: Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations.

This full day workshop will focus on characteristics of child predators, the grooming process, and red flags that will cue you take a closer look at a mentor and ensure they are the right fit for your program. Participants will come away with tools and approaches for the screening process that range from first contact with a potential mentor until long after the match is made.

It is helpful to come to this workshop with a basic understanding of the screening tools and processes used in mentoring and other youth programs. However, this content is adaptable to both those new to the field and those who are more experienced. Come join us and learn how to use both subjective and objective observations during the screening process to make the best decisions you can and make sure that all the youth you serve stay SAFE!

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (The day after the 15th Annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference in Duluth!)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Highlands, 29 West 11th St., Duluth, MN 55806
Cost: $75 per participant. Includes training materials, light morning refreshments, and lunch.  Free parking.

Registration has closed for this training.

Co-Presented with Ina Newton, Community & Family Safety Specialist, First Witness Child Advocacy Center

Ina Newton, First WitnessIna has worked and volunteered for various youth nonprofit organizations for the past 14 years both in Minnesota and Washington State. She received her BA degree in Psychology from Argosy University with a focus on youth development. While in college Ina volunteered for various nonprofits as a youth mentor for families in crises and was a facilitator for youth forums and focus groups that engaged youth in being an active member of their community. As a program director for the Boys & Girls Club and then most recently the Assistant Director of Duluth YMCA Camping Services, it has been her passion to advocate for the positive well-being of youth and help engage them in positive endeavors . Currently she is a Board Member for the Duluth YMCA Camping Services department and actively volunteers to facilitate team initiative and positive risk taking programming for youth in our community. At First Witness Ina will provide community and prevention education through the Safe and Strong Child© program as well as provide advocacy for families.

For more information or to schedule an on-site workshop, contact us at (612) 399-0229 or

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