Every child and youth needs and deserves to be physically and emotionally safe everywhere they are — from the actual places of families, schools, neighborhoods and communities to the virtual spaces of media — and to have an appropriate balance of structured, supervised activities and unstructured, unscheduled time.
Safe places with structured activities during nonschool hours
Young people need structure, and they need to be physically and emotionally safe. Providing safe places and structured activities has many benefits to both young people and society. This promise can:
- Connect youth to principled and caring adults.
- Nurture young people's skills and capacities, including social skills, vocational interests and civic responsibility.
- Protect youth from violence and other dangerous or negative influences.
- Create a peer group in which youth exert a positive influence on each other.
- Provide opportunities for children and youth to contribute to their community and society.
- Enrich young people's academic performance and educational commitment.
Research consistently affirms the value of these opportunities. Yet far too few children and adolescents have ongoing access to this critical support.
Find out below how you can help America’s Promise fulfill Promise Two: Safe Places.
A safe place with constructive activities gives youth an alternative to street corners, gangs and other harmful environments. America’s Promise Partners are responding by creating safe havens for young people.
Ensure that youth go to safe places with structured activities during non-school hours. Connect with these organizations that can help you fulfill Promise Two: