Safe2Tell Participating in
Intention Prevention Town Hall
“Is it Safe to Talk?”
Thursday, February 18, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Coronado High School
1590 West Fillmore Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Stepping Up – Your Child’s Strongest Influence May Not Be You!
Twenty years ago the strongest influence our youth had was their parents. But in today’s digital world we have an entire generation who are influenced by a stronger social force. With more than one hundred digital cable channels to choose from and social media networks like MySpace and facebook, our children can find influence anywhere, giving the word peer pressure a whole new meaning. Earlier this spring, Conspire! and a group of typical Colorado Springs teens got together to host an event called Intention Prevention. This platform, originally assembled to find solutions to the increase in teen drug use, proved to be a real eye opener for those in attendance. According to our teens, when it comes to drugs, there is a problem. Armed with that information, Intention Prevention, affectionately named “IP” by the teens, sought solutions.
Our kids will be talking; we hope you’ll be listening. Join us and be a part of the influence!
Intention Prevention Town Hall program consists of the following:
- Performances by members of the Colorado Springs Conservatory
- Stephanie Finley – President, Governmental Affairs, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
- C.C. Wells and David Musante – Students from School District #11
- Dan May – District Attorney
- Susan Payne – Executive Director, Safe2Tell
- Lisa Kirkman – Magistrate, El Paso County Drug Court
- “James” – Graduate of El Paso County Drug Court
- Officer Bret Iverson – Colorado Springs Police Department
- Cindy Aubrey – News Director Channel 5/30 KOAA
- Howard Meyers – Parent
- Expert Q&A Panel of students and community leaders
April 20, 2009 — Safe2Tell Partners with Lifetouch. Safe2Tell logo and reporting information to be available on student I.D. cards in Fall 2009/2010 School Year: SAFE2TELL PARTNERS WITH LIFETOUCH TO OFFER ANONYMOUS TIP LINE INFORMATION ON STUDENT ID CARDS
Safe2Tell Phone Number Available to 300,000 Students at Their Fingertips Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 20, 2009) Safe2Tell and Lifetouch, the nation’s largest provider of school photography, have partnered to protect Colorado students by listing the phone number for the anonymous tip line on up to 300,000 student ID cards.
Safe2Tell is a statewide program that is available 24 hours-a-day for students and adults to report a potential threat to their safety or the safety of others. For the 2009/2010 school year, Lifetouch will print Safe2Tell’s logo and contact information on the back of nearly 300,000 student ID cards in Colorado. “As we mark the tenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, we welcome the opportunity to offer a tool to students to remind them that help is just a phone call away,” said Special Agent Susan Payne, Safe2Tell executive director. “We developed Safe2Tell to help persuade young people to move away from a code of silence and take a stand. The overall goal is to empower young people to keep their community safe.” Safe2Tell, empowers young people to keep their communities safe by reporting any threats to their safety or the safety of someone else, was created after 15 people died during the 1999 shootings that took place at Columbine High School. Calls to 1-877-542- SAFE (7233) are answered by the Colorado State Patrol. Important information is immediately forwarded to local school officials and law enforcement agencies. Safe2Tell also follows up on these reports to ensure that they are investigated.
“Lifetouch and Safe2Tell are dedicated to child safety,” said Kevin Cahill, Lifetouch’s Colorado area manager. “This partnership will help raise awareness for the Safe2Tell program with students, parents and educators across the state to encourage more individuals to use this anonymous system to help keep kids safe.” “Research shows that in 81 percent of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone other than the attacker knew it was going to happen but failed to report it, said Payne. “Typically, the information goes unreported because of fear of being a ‘snitch’ or that the attacker will then target the informant, thereby creating a ‘code of silence’.”
Since Safe2Tell was created in 2004, more than 4,400 calls have been received from 127 cities and 50 counties throughout Colorado. Of those calls, 1,459 have resulted in investigation, early intervention and prevention. Specifically, 28 school attacks have been prevented, 23 arrests were made and 136 school disciplinary actions were taken. Lifetouch National School Studios Inc. Lifetouch National School Studios Inc. is based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The company has been providing high-quality portraits to schools and parents for more than 70 years. For more information visit www.Lifetouch.com.
April 18, 2009 — Getting Teens to Talk May be Key to Securing Schools. 10 Years after the tragic events at Columbine, Safe2Tell is Making a Difference to Keep our Students and Schools Safe.
February 1, 2009 — Safe2Tell™ Receives Grant from El Pomar. Even in these tough economic times, El Pomar chooses to fund Safe2Tell™ for 2 years.
December 17, 2008 (GH Phipps and Safe2Tell™) — GH Phipps’ Gift to Local Charity Provides Holiday Cheer and School Safety. $15,000 Check to Safe2Tell provides economic boost to statewide school safety initiative.
May 3, 2007 (The Colorado Trust) — Safe2Tell™ Hotline Receives First Leadership Award From The Colorado Trust. Governor Ritter signs law today guaranteeing anonymity of calls to Safe2Tell™ Hotline.
May 3, 2007 (9 News) — Students get new protections when calling hotline. Gov. Bill Ritter (D-Colorado) signed Senate Bill 197 into law Thursday which seals phone records associated with the Safe2Tell™ hotline.
April 30, 2007 (KOAA) – Safe2Tell™ statistics revealed: Click on the link and the video will play. To view the latest Safe2Tell™ statistics, click on the Results link in the Why Call? menu.
April 27, 2007 (The Denver Post) — Bullying top concern for kids. Douglas County – Bullying is the No. 1 topic on an anonymous statewide hotline geared to kids, said Jo McGuire, program manager for the nonprofit Safe2Tell™ initiative. At a two-day conference aimed at increasing school safety, McGuire said 43 percent of the hotline calls are to report bullying…
April 26, 2007 (The Denver Post) — Hotline averting violence. Bullying is the number-one topic on an anonymous statewide hotline geared to kids, said Jo McGuire, program manager for the non-profit Safe2Tell™ initiative. At a two-day conference aimed at increasing school safety,McGuire said 43 percent of the hotline calls are to report bullying incidents such…