2017 South Carolina Safe Schools Summit

Presented by the State Coalition for Youth Empowerment & Access
February 10, Edventure Children’s Museum

The Summit is an opportunity for South Carolinians committed to creating safer living and learning environments for youth to learn more about the problems and challenges youth face in schools and beyond, including bullying, dating violence, discrimination, etc., and be empowered to affect change. The Summit will bring together youth, in addition to school officials, teachers, students, counselors, community advocates, and other practitioners working with student populations. It will be an opportunity to have conversations across disciplines and roles about the work being done to create safe and affirming spaces for all students.

This year’s summit will focus on Youth Health and Personal Power. Many of our workshops will be youth led.

Youth health topics will range from preventing, detecting or addressing factors related to young people’s physical, mental, and relational well being (ex. suicide prevention, body positivity, understanding and expressing emotions, physical health and nutrition, sexual abuse awareness and reporting, human trafficking).


  • Empowering Youth for Healthy Relationships and Violence Prevention (SCCADVASA)
  • LGBTQ Teen Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships (University of South Carolina LGBTQ Peer Advocates)
  • Building Healthy Communities: Preventing Interpersonal and Sexual Violence among Youth Populations (Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands)
  • Body Image Workshop (USC College of Social Work)
  • Evidence-based Approaches to Improving Behavioral Health in Schools (USC)

Personal power involves developing youth capacity for making decisions and taking action in their lives, as well as ensuring young people have meaningful involvement on all levels of the services they receive (ex. adultism, financial independence, consent/boundary-setting, independent living skills, self-advocacy, supported living, and supported decision-making).


  • You Don’t Own Me: Advocating for Your Rights (WREN)
  • Body Image & Self Esteem: Exploring the Body Positivity Movement (Equip)
  • EQUIP Leadership Group Education on Labels, Disability Pride, and Intersectionality (Equip)
  • Promoting Youth Power through Community Organizing (Girls Rock Columbia)
  • The Pluck and Power in Herstory (Auntie Bellum)

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Safe Schools Teen Exclusive 

February 9 at Edventure Children’s Museum, Columbia

Join us for this exclusive teen night as part of our Safe School Summit with youth centered workshops and vendors. We are committed to creating safer living and learning spaces for the youth of South Carolina. We will discuss topics that affect YOU, like bullying, dating violence, discrimination, etc. and help give you the tools you need to be empowered to effect change! There will also be a separate workshop for parents to learn and engage around these same issues.

FREE Admission!

FREE Food!

Ages: Middle School and up (*parents will have separate activities)

What’s not to love? Come hang out with us!

Click here to order your Teen Exclusive tickets now.

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