Friends for Youth has been the leader in the youth mentoring field in developing guidelines for programs to implement in order to select safe volunteer mentors. Based on research from our resource SAFE (Screening Applicants for Effectiveness): Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations and more recently for our chapter, Mentor Screening and Youth Safety, included in the Handbook on Youth Mentoring, 2nd Ed., we help organizations by offering recommendations on screening and monitoring tools and process and on developing policies and procedures to ensure compliance. In our training, we offer a thorough review of what is known about child sexual abuse perpetrators, helping youth professionals understand what to look for when using the recommendations.
Since 2006, we have distributed nearly 1,400 copies of SAFE and reached nearly 500 mentoring and other youth-serving professionals. Since our first cohort of Certified SAFE Trainers launched last year, we have been able to reach an additional 60 organizations, potentially keeping 50,000 more youth safe in mentoring relationships.
Friends for Youth is committed to equip a new cohort of Certified SAFE Trainers in April 2014 and reach even more mentoring professionals and programs located across the United States and around the world. This training and certification process is open to a select number of youth mentoring professionals who serve in training and support capacities from national, state, and regional agencies. These technical assistance providers will convene prior to Friends for Youth’s annual conference for two days of advanced training on April 22 and 23, 2014, in Santa Clara, California.
Contact Sarah Kremer, Mentoring Institute Program Director, at 650-559-0200 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the next cohort of Certified SAFE Trainers, including fees and other details, and start the process in bringing this training to your community!