Be SAFE: Addressing Bullying in Youth Settings

Date: August 19, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: MSU Federal Credit Union - Farm Lane Branch, 4825 E. Mt. Hope, East Lansing, MI 48823 (Community Room/east side of building)
Contact: Janet Olsen,; Karen Pace,

Cost: $125 (includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the Be SAFE curriculum); $20 for those who want Social Work Continuing Education Hours (The workshop is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for 7 Continuing Education Hours.) (Note: A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Janet Olsen [] or Karen Pace [] for more information.)

Registration deadline: Aug. 14, 2015

Cancellations: Registrations cancelled on or after Aug.14, 2015, will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee.

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.

This workshop will be facilitated by Janet Olsen, program leader, and Karen Pace, senior program leader, 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


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