Youth Services of Tulsa, OK, has announced the addition of Tulsa City-County Library’s branches as official Safe Place sites for teens. Youth in the Tulsa metro area now have access to 216 Safe Place sites, including QuikTrip convenience stores, fire stations, police departments, EMSA ambulances and Tulsa Transit buses. Safe Place provides runaways and other youth in a crisis with a safe place in their own neighborhoods, where they can seek help with issues like abuse, serious family conflicts, and other dangers.
“Libraries are the first responders for those seeking educational assistance and empowerment for their lives,” says Gary Shaffer, Tulsa City-County Library CEO. “One of our main goals at the Tulsa City-County Library is that the children of Tulsa County will grow up able to compete globally. As a community, we have a responsibility for the well-being of all children, from their safety to encouraging their educational aspirations. We are proud to be a part of the Safe Place program.”
Safe Place sites are easily recognized by their large yellow and black Safe Place signs, which were released in conjunction with National Safe Place Week, March 17–23. When youth experience danger at home or in peer relationships, they can go to a site and tell a trained employee, “I need a safe place.” In turn, the employee will call Youth Services, which will send a volunteer to assist the youth.
National Safe Place is an independent nonprofit organization offered by the YMCA of Greater Louisville.
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