Youth In Need (YIN) is the regional provider of Safe Place, a national program that educates young people about the dangers of running away. Offering a network of “safe places” or youth friendly businesses in St. Louis County during times of crisis, public locations (both for-profit and nonprofit) serve as places where youth can access immediate help in locations that are convenient and familiar.
When a young person is in need of a safe place, specially-trained businesses and youth-friendly organizations serve as temporary safe locations until YIN staff can assess the situation and offer counseling, support, a place to stay, transportation or other resources. In 2013, 379 young people received Safe Place help in the St. Louis region.
Currently the largest Safe Place provider in the country, Youth In Need manages 488 businesses, more than 300 Metro St. Louis buses and trains, and 23 Christian Hospital EMS vehicles that support children and teens by offering their businesses as designated “safe places” in the St. Louis region. St. Louis County has 244 locations. These partners work closely with YIN to ensure all employees complete a brief but thorough training program so they are equipped to help youth in the best way possible.