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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.

June 2024: Summer Vibes!

The month of June marks the official start of summer – the hottest and brightest of the four seasons with more daylight hours for all that the month has to offer. June kicks off with Pride Month, schools dismissing for the summer, Flag Day, Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and the official longest day of the year on June 20th for the summer solstice. It is also the season of summer vacations, family reunions, lots of outdoor activities, camps, sports, and so much more. It is a month with many opportunities to connect and reconnect. As we dive into this month, SAFE Project remains dedicated to our mission of contributing in a tangible way to overcoming the addiction epidemic in the United States, remaining steadfast in our work to prevent drug overdoses, and to otherwise mitigate substance use disorder’s impact on our society. It is our honor to stay the course even during the hottest and longest days of the year. Plan to check out our weekly “Choose Knowledge” segments which will contain supportive resources and ways we can all join together in supporting one another and our overall well-being.

  • Week One – Pride Month
  • Week Two – Flag Day and SAFE Project’s SAFE Veterans Portfolio
  • Week Three – Father’s Day, a story of Recovery
  • Week Four – The impact of healthy alternatives for coping, growing, and overcoming

Additional Resources & Assistance

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