a Safe Place at YST

300 sites in the Tulsa area provide a Safe Place in nearly every neighborhood for youth to seek help in times of crisis. Trained volunteers transport youth to our shelter, where staff work with the youth and parents to identify the best step forward. Look for the Safe Place sign at QuikTrip stores, Fire Stations, Tulsa Transit buses, EMSA ambulances, and Tulsa City-County Libraries.

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Get Involved. Become a volunteer.

Many youth that seek Safe Place help have experienced abuse or neglect, family problems, emotional or mental health struggles, dating violence, unsafe drivers, or bullying from peers. Safe Place connects these youth to the help and support needed. Get involved to help secure ongoing safety for all youth in crisis in your community and throughout the country.

Visit our website for more information on how you can become a Safe Place Volunteer, or email Hanna Tacha at htacha@yst.org


Text 4 help

TXT 4 HELP works anywhere in the US, and extends access to safety for teens. TXT 4 HELP can be used for the same reason a young person may go to a Safe Place site - abuse, bullying, family problems, depression, suicidal thoughts, and others. TXT 4 HELP counselors can provide support via text, and can offer additional suggestions for immediate help regardless of where you are.

Here’s how it works:

  • Text the word “safe” and your current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357).

  • Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for the local youth agency.

  • For immediate help, reply with “2chat” to text interactively with a trained counselor. 

It’s quick, easy, safe, and confidential. TXT 4 HELP is a free service offered to all youth in crisis.
*Messaging/data rates apply.
* If there is not a Safe Place in your community, you will receive information on the closest youth service organization.