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BE SAFE is a collaborative prevention initiative that focuses on youth and the interconnected issues of mental health, sexual health, substance use, healthy relationships, and sexual violence. BE SAFE is a partnership among: AIDS Action Committee of MA; BAGLY; Boston Area Rape Crisis Center; The City School; Community Advocacy Program of CCHERS; The Dimock Center; Planned Parenthood League of MA; and The Institute for Health and Recovery. The initiative was launched in 2007 by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and is currently being led by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.

BE SAFE Vision

Healthy transition into adulthood for all youth

BE SAFE Mission:

BE SAFE changes systems that serve youth by increasing the capacity of programs to support young people regarding various interconnected health issues they face.

We do this by:

  • Valuing and listening to youth voice; viewing young people as experts in their own lives
  • Leveraging existing resources by working in coalition
  • Helping to create safe environments where adults are knowledgeable, ask-able, and approachable

Our goal is to increase the skills and knowledge of adult staff and to improve the climate, policies, and procedures of youth-serving programs to support healthy decision-making and development by youth.

Since its inception, BE SAFE has partnered with National Institute on Out-Of-School Time as our outside evaluators. The evaluations have found that our trainings are needed and effective. Read more about the evaluation of  BE SAFE.


BE SAFE offers in-person staff trainings, a trainers manual for our training, on-line materials on policy assessment and development , and individual policy consultation to youth-serving organizations.