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

Date: January 16, 2014
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

Workshop description: 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 integrating healthy social and emotional learning throughout. Participants will learn about a 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. The initiative includes a comprehensive curriculum that is based on extensive research from a variety of key disciplines. The curriculum is designed for adults to use with 11– to 14-year-olds in a variety of out-of-school-time settings, such as 4-H, afterschool programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, sports, faith-based programs and Ys. The curriculum can also be used within middle school settings.

Workshop participants will receive a copy of the 224-page curriculum, which includes more than 30 experiential and engaging activities designed for group learning.

Workshop facilitators: 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.

Potential participants:

  • Out-of-school and afterschool program staff
  • Staff and volunteers working with 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, Campfire USA, faith-based groups, juvenile justice and other kinds of youth programs
  • Social workers – particularly those in agency and school settings
  • School teachers, counselors and other staff
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.

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

Visit the Be SAFE: Addressing Bullying in Out-of-School Settings registration page for more information.

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