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Post Date:12/31/2019 4:21 PM

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NEWS RELEASE

December 31, 2019

 

Safe Place© Designation Ceremony

 

The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, and Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, will be inducting the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center into the National Safe Places Network.

 

The ceremony will take place Monday, January 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, 600 South McClelland Street, and will inaugurate the yellow and black Safe Place sign, which signifies immediate help and safety for youth.

 

Safe Place is a national outreach and prevention program for youth 18 and younger that are in crisis. It is estimated that over one million youth run away from home each year due to abuse, neglect, family conflicts, and other issues. The Safe Place program is an option for young people who feel they have nowhere to turn.

 

Santa Maria’s Safe Place initiative, operated by the Recreation and Parks Department and Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, is part of a national network of Safe Place programs in 37 states and the District of Columbia. More than 20,000 community businesses and organizations nationwide display the Safe Place sign, making help readily available for youth in need. The Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center is the first location to become a Safe Place site in the City of Santa Maria.

 

Questions regarding this event may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department, (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.

 

Department:               Recreation and Parks

Contact Person:          Dennis Smitherman, Recreation Services Manager

Telephone Number:    (805) 925-0951 ext. 2263

E-mail Address:          dsmitherman@cityofsantamaria.org

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