Training Description:

The safety of children and youth is a top priority for organizations that work with youth. At the same time, it seems that there is a new story in the news every day disclosing a young person who was a victim of sexual abuse. As professionals who work with children, youth or volunteers, it is our responsibility to create a thoughtful and thorough screening process to keep participants safe from this type of harm.

In conjunction with the book and training written and developed by Becky Cooper, SAFE (Screening Applicants for Effectiveness): Guidelines for Preventing Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth Serving Organizations, compliments and enhances the Michigan State University Extension Volunteer Selection Process by ensuring MSU Extension staff are able to identify signs of concern and know how to address difficult situations before they affect our youth audiences. This full day training will build staff skills and knowledge related to informed intuition, child predators, actual and potential red flags, predator grooming cycles, and the overall screening process for potential volunteers. Staff who attend will be prepared with tools that will empower them to ask questions and make informed decisions throughout the screening process that range from the first contact with a potential volunteer through the duration of a volunteer’s service with MSU Extension.

Who Should Attend:

All faculty and staff members, regardless of institute, who work with children, youth, and volunteers.


9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks as needed.


  • May 23, 2019 - Marquette County MSU Extension Office, 184 U.S. 41 East, Negaunee, MI 49866
  • July 22, 2019 - MSU Federal Credit Union, 4825 Mt Hope Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823
  • August 21, 2019 - MSU Tollgate Education and Conference Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48377
  • November 12, 2019 - Roscommon County MSU Extension Office, 500 Lake St. Roscommon, MI 48653


There is no charge for the program. 


Christine Heverly
Extension Educator

Jodi Schulz
Senior Extension Educator


Registration for SAFE - Screening Applicants for Effectiveness is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 8, 2019.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Jodi Schulz at