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SAFE Choices:
Serving Youth & Young Adults

Prioritizing the advancement of youth substance use prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.

Our SAFE Choices Mission:

Foster resiliency in youth development through collaborative and diversified approaches that reduce risk of substance addiction and mental health challenges while empowering SAFE Choices in all stages of youth development.

Our Vision:

ALL youth reach their fullest potential.

Our Goals:

Ensure young people have the information and tools necessary for making meaningful SAFE Choices. Our goals respect individual basic motivation and personal autonomy, as well as self-determination, and the fact that every person is one choice away from a different life.

  • Goal #1: Design and implement innovative programs that build resilience and essential life skills through empowering and engaging education for disparate populations of underserved youth.
  • Goal #2: Advance evidence-informed prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery strategies that enhance youth social and emotional learning and wellness in all stages of youth development.
  • Goal #3: Foster life-fueling connection opportunities for youth that focus on stigma reduction and the promotion of healthy choices across the lifespan.
  • Goal #4: Advocate for effective mental, emotional, and behavior interventions for the youth sector through targeted outreach and the formation of collaborative relationships.

SAFE Choices Programs Available

No Shame Education Program

No Shame Education Program

Designed to increase knowledge and understanding of principles on the No Shame Pledge and empower action to combat stigma.

“Connections” Program

Youth and young adults impacted by disciplinary measures and/or the justice system have a unique chance to make positive human connections and develop essential life skills.

Additional SAFE Choices Resources

Youth & Youth-Led Groups

Prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resources/activities for youth and young adults.

Parents, Guardians, & Caretakers of Youth

Prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resources for parents, guardians, and caregivers of youth, including young children and teenagers.

Educators & Youth-Serving Organizations

Prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resources for educators and youth-serving organizations.

Choose Knowledge: “Power to Empower”

Choose knowledge with these publications, journals, & reports that pertain to youth substance prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery.
The “We Are Not Alone” Tour

SAFE Project and RISE TOGETHER have partnered to bring an engaging and meaningful presentation on substance use, mental health, wellness, and real stories of both loss and recovery to local school communities. These presentations are not the typical “drug assemblies” of the past, but are tailored to genuinely speak to youth on their own level. By sharing real-life stories of loss and recovery, the presentation helps students understand the impact that substance use can have on their lives and the lives of those around them. By providing practical tools and strategies for promoting mental health and wellness, the presentation empowers students to take control of their own wellbeing and make positive choices for their future.

Learn More & Request This Program For Your School

February 2024: My Story, Spoken from the Heart

We all have a story! By sharing our stories, we create common ground for human connection. Whether recounting life, sharing information on a specific topic, or sharing an inspirational message, people use stories to express their passions, sadness, hardships, and joys. Through stories we build empathy with others, break down stigma, and inspire change.

SAFE Project was founded on the principle of storytelling and incorporates these throughout our initiatives and lines of operation. During the month of February (and beyond), we will draw even more attention to the power of storytelling by featuring authors who communicate through meaningful words and messages in books that focus on substance addiction and mental health. The stories provide rich authentic messages that are sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

Additionally, we will share hope-inspired stories in person during our SAFExRISE “We are Not Alone Tour” visits at high schools across the country. During our speaking events and follow up programming, we connect with youth by acknowledging the addiction and mental health epidemic as being real — and impacting each and every person — and how by sharing our stories we not only break the silence, we break down barriers caused by stigma.

We are hopeful the stories featured will impact you and offer you hope and a clear message that you are not alone, that it is OK to not be OK, and that there is #NoShame in asking for and receiving help.

Learn more about how you can share your story with SAFE Project.

Additional Resources & Assistance

For more information about SAFE Choices, contact
Senior Director Ronna Yablonski at: