Date: September 8, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: The Community Room at Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. Marquette, MI 49855
Contact: Lisa Bottomley,

The safety of children and youth is a top priority for 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 youth serving professionals, it is our responsibility to create a thoughtful and thorough screening process to keep participants 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 perspective volunteer 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 volunteer and throughout the duration of the volunteer’s service.

It is helpful to come to this workshop with a basic understanding of the screening tools and processes used in 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!


$0 for MAC AmeriCorps members
$45 for MSU Extension staff and AmeriCorps members
$61 for MSU Extension staff and AmeriCorps members with SAFE book
$55 for Non MSU Extension/AmeriCorps members
$71 for Non MSU Extension/AmeriCorps members with SAFE book

Cancellation Fee: After Sep. 7, 2016, cancellations will not be refunded.

MSU Extension is pleased to offer professional development opportunities designed to assist youth development program staff and volunteer administrators in their efforts to provide quality volunteer management. Lunch and snacks will be provided. An email will be sent to participants one week prior to the session confirming attendance and providing any additional instructions.

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