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 Safe Places

A safe place with constructive activities gives youth an alternative to street corners, gangs, and other harmful environments. A safe place nurtures young people's skills and interests, enriches their academic performance, and gives them opportunities to contribute to their communities.

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.







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Research shows that if the Five Promises, as defined by America's Promise, are consistently fulfilled, they can significantly advance the health and well being of the next generation -- increasing the chances of youth becoming successful adults.