Be Safe: Introduction (HNI101Intro)

Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments was conceived, developed and written with deep gratitude to all the young people, adults and scholars who have shaped our thinking over the past two decades about these incredibly important issues in many lives.

Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments is a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension curriculum designed to help young people aged 11 to 14 and adults work in partnership to create environments that are physically and emotionally safe. While the primary audiences for Be SAFE are young people and adults involved in out-of-school time settings (such as after-school programs, 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, Y’s, sports programs and faith-based programs), it also applies to middle school settings. Be SAFE focuses on education and prevention of bullying, bias, harassment and other hurtful behaviors – as well as providing suggestions for intervening when young people are affected by these issues. It draws from extensive research from a variety of key disciplines – as well as from evidence-based bullying prevention programs.

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