Building Safe Spaces Training

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Who is this training for?

Adults who work with youth in Extension programs, including volunteers and staff members .

Welcome to this training to help you keep youth safe! In four short modules, volunteers and staff members will:

  • Identify activities that put youth in danger
  • Explore ways to keep youth safe in Extension programs
  • Understand appropriate physical contact

This includes information about the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touch, prohibited behaviors (including sexual misconduct), best practices when working with youth, and reporting procedures. Keep reading to learn more!

adult volunteer with two youthWe care about adults’ safety too!

Everything in this training series is intended to protect youth, and the adults who work with them.

Training Details

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Mobile-friendly—This interactive series adjusts for any device. It works best on a computer or laptop.

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Sound—Some sections include short videos with sound. Closed captions are available.

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Accessibility—Select “Click to hear this page read out loud” at the top of each screen for narration. The training is also accessible for most screen readers.

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Time—Plan for each module to take about 10 minutes. If you need to stop, pick up where you left off.

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Navigation—To start, click the green bar below. Each module builds on the one before. The progress bar at the top of the page tells you where you are in the training.

Click here to start the training.

Building Safe Spaces includes the following training modules. Click the “Start the Training” button when you are ready.

Training Modules Time to Finish
Module 1—Building Foundations about 10 minutes
Module 2—Building Best Practices about 10 minutes
Module 3—Building Safe Boundaries about 10 minutes
Module 4—Building Safe Connections about 10 minutes
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Click Read to enter the Glossary. Click the three lines in the upper left corner to see the full contents. Download a printable version of the Glossary (PDF).




Contact Dawn at or (920)366-7087 with questions or concerns about the Building Safe Spaces training series.

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