Be SAFE: Addressing Bullying in Out-of-School Settings

Date: August 8, 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823
Contact: Janet Olsen: or 517-432-7630 Karen Pace: or 517-432-7628

Date: August 8, 2013

Time: 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Location: Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

Cost: $175

Registration deadline: July 30, 2013


Be SAFE:  Addressing Bullying in Out-of-School Settings

Bullying issues are of great concern to many young people, their families and the adults who work with them.  This engaging workshop focuses on root causes and complexities of issues of bullying, bias and harassment – while also integrating healthy social and emotional learning (SEL) throughout. Participants will learn about a new Michigan State University Extension initiative called Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments. Be SAFE taps the wisdom and resiliency of young people and invites adults to work in partnership with youth to create environments that are physically and emotionally safe for all. Based on extensive research from a variety of key disciplines, Be SAFE is designed for 11-14 year olds and the adults who work with them in out-of-school-time settings (such as 4-H, afterschool programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, sports, faith-based programs and Ys) and also applies to middle school settings. Participants will receive a copy of the 224-page Be SAFE curriculum which includes more than 30 experiential and engaging activities designed for group learning in youth settings. The workshop focuses on ways to use the materials with others to create safe, affirming and fair environments with and on behalf of young people.

The workshop will be facilitated by MSU Extension program leaders, Janet Olsen and Karen Pace, who are co-authors of the Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments curriculum.

Workshop registration and accommodations

The registration cost for this workshop covers workshop materials—including a copy of the Be SAFE curriuculum, lunch, refreshments and three follow-up educational webinars.  The August 8 course is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for 7 CEs . Online registration closes on July 30. Registrations cancelled on or after August 1, 2013 will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee. 

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Karen Pace at by July 25.  Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

For more information about MSU Extension resources and events related to bullying prevention, visit

Learning Objectives:
·         Learn how issues of bullying impact adolescent overall health and well-being.
·         Increase understanding of the complex issues of bullying, bias and harassment which occur at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and larger societal levels.
·         Understand the important role adults play in working with youth to address issues of bullying.
·         Discuss elements of Be SAFE that address social and emotional health.
·         Explore connections to human differences.
·         Learn ways to use the Be SAFE curriculum within a variety of community settings.
Who Should Attend:
-          4-H staff members
-          Youth workers
-          Out-of-school and afterschool program staff
-          Faith-based, scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs and other youth program leaders
-          Social workers
-          Educators
-          Volunteers and others who work with youth
Click here to register for this event.

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