SAFE - Screening Applicants for Effectiveness

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. Lunch not included but a break will be provided to get lunch or bring your own.


• Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 – Genesee Co. MSU Extension, GCCARD, 605 N. Saginaw ST., Suite 1-A, Large Conference Room, Flint, MI 48502 
• Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - Muskegon Co. MSU Extension, 209 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon, MI 49442
• Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 – Isabella Co. MSU Extension, 200 N. Main St., 3rd Floor Room 340, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
• Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 – Ionia Co. MSU Extension, 50 E. Sprague Rd., Ionia, MI 48846


MSU Extension Staff: There is no charge to attend this program. 
Non-MSU Extension Staff: There is a $75 charge to attend this program. This cost the book. 


Christine Heverly
Extension Educator

Jodi Schulz
Senior Extension Educator

Cancellation Policy:

Non-MSU Extension Staff: Cancellations with full refunds will be allowed until three days prior to the scheduled training. After that point, no refunds will be permitted.


Registration for SAFE - Screening Applicants for Effectiveness is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 23, 2020.

Non-MSU Extension Employees

Registration for SAFE - Screening Applicants for Effectiveness is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on November 23, 2020.


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 or Christine Heverly