FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A local non-profit is revamping its program that helps young people in crisis.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program that helps young people under 18 in need of immediate help and safety. More safe places are coming to Northwest Arkansas.
These yellow signs can be found at you local fire station or Harps store, and a child can walk in and immediately be connected with the non-profit Youth Bridge to access the situation, and take them to an emergency shelter if needed.
Although this resource is available at certain locations in NWA, Youth Bridge street Outreach Coordinator Kody Ford says he’s pushing for more awareness.
“We’re really trying to reach out to kids and inform them about it and go back to these fire departments, police stations, and city governments who have been safe designated safe places for a long time, but maybe they aren’t aware of the program as they once were,” Ford said.
Youth Bridge plans to expand training and go into several schools during March, which is National Safe Place Month, to make sure kids are aware of this resource.
Ford says he’s pushing for businesses and law enforcement in all eight counties that Youth Bridge serves to have safe places.
TXT 4 HELP is a nationwide, 24-hour text-for-support service for teens in crisis.
If you’re in trouble or need help, text SAFE and your current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) for immediate help.