IAN and Safe2Help Illinois Announce Strategic Partnership

Affiliation aims to offer support to after-school providers

Many thanks to the providers who attended our Professional Development Roundtable Discussion Friday, September 24 with our newest strategic partner, Safe2Help Illinois. During the presentation, Samantha Kanish, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, talked about their invaluable resources, tips and tools developed to share with educators, parents and the community at large. As a strategic partner, we are proud to now share the toolkit with providers here in Illinois! Going forward, there will be more shared about our strategic partnership regarding professional development opportunities.

More about Safe2 Help Illinois: In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to student safety. This program is not intended to suspend, expel, or punish students. Rather, the goal is to encourage students to Seek Help Before Harm.

Safe2Help Illinois is more than a free information sharing platform. Safe2Help Illinois provides tips, tools and resources to help teachers, educators, parents and the community by providing additional educational resources for youth in Pre-K through High School.

About Safe2Help:
Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website (Safe2HelpIllinois.com) and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. Once vetted, the tips will immediately be shared with local school officials, mental health professionals and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. The program also will help local officials by connecting them with mental health resources or other appropriate resources to intervene and help students before they harm themselves or others.