2019 SAFETY TOWN Applications now available
for Children and Youth Volunteers!

Sessions: July 15 – 19 and July 22 – 26

9:00AM to 12:30PM

West Creek Academy, Santa Clarita

New!  Parent/Grandparent SAFETY TOWN Program

Wed., July 24 — 5:30PM – 9:00PM

 

Safety Town is a one-week, 3 ½ – hour day, safety education summer program.  Safety awareness is introduced to young children (ages 4½ to 6 years) in an age appropriate, fun, and secure environment.  Safety Town is a child-size city that will be assembled in the school’s multipurpose room, with traffic light, street and stop signs, striped walkways, crosswalks and streets.  Under the guidance of California credentialed teacher, a safety education specialist, trained youth volunteer counselors, and local community safety professionals, up to 60 children at each camp will learn and practice essential safety skills they will use in their everyday lives – at home, at school, in the community and in the future.  Through group lessons, guest visits from local community safety professionals, songs, lessons, multimedia, crafts and pedestrian/driver role play, the program teaches children to evaluate “safe” from “unsafe” situations.  Topics include:

  • Earthquake Safety & Disaster Preparedness

  • Fire safety / 9-1-1

  • Emergencies / Dialing 9-1-1

  • Water Safety (pool, ocean, lake, river)

  • Personal Safety / Stranger Danger

  • Bicycle / Scooter / Wheels Safety

  • Pedestrian Safety

  • Vehicle and Passenger Safety

  • Playground Safety

  • Animal Safety

  • Internet Safety

  • Drugs / Medicine Safety

On each day of the camp, children are visited by safety professionals from community agencies; they talk and give demonstrations to the students.  Local agencies have included, the

  • L.A County Sheriff’s Department

  • L.A. County Fire Department

  • Santa Clarita Transit

  • Ekata Training Center (self-defense)

  • California Highway Patrol

  • City of Santa Clarita Crossing Guards

  • City of Santa Clarita Lifeguards

  • American Red Cross

  • Guide Dogs of America

Daily, parents receive safety topic information, their children’s safety arts/crafts, and school materials; at camp’s end, parents receive an assessment of their children’s learning of safety rules and skills and those needing continued reinforcement.

Download the Safety Town Info Sheet, Child Registration Application, and FAQs for the 2019 Camps!

Child Registration Forms

Safety Town Flyer / Information Sheet

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Opportunities for Youth Volunteers
(Counselors-in-Training)

Make a difference in a young child’s life!  Youth volunteers are needed to serve as “Counselors in Training” (CITs).  CITs aid and teach safety education to young children, and earn community service hours.  CITs must be mature and responsible youth who are willing to work daily with 2 – 3 children, ages 4.5 to 6 years of age.  CITs assist with safety and injury prevention instruction, craft projects, playground activities, Town Time, and modeling of appropriate safe behavior.  CITs are team players.

CIT Qualifications:

Volunteer applicants must be students entering 8th – 12th grade (13 to 17 years of age) who are mature and positive role models.  CITs must genuinely enjoy being with children and have an interest in their safety.  While this program is intended to be fun for both children and volunteers, a CIT’s role is to take responsibility as volunteer seriously, and to conduct oneself in a responsible manner.  It is essential that a CIT is a team player, shows respect to others, and is a positive role model.  Because each child will rely on his/her CIT, it is imperative that the CIT attend every day.  Other guidelines of the program will be outlined at a mandatory 2-hour CIT Orientation, to be held at the host school on a date and time to be announced.

For more information contact the CIT coordinator:  Stephanie Molt (stephanie@santaclaritaoptimistfoundation.org)

Download the Youth Volunteer (CIT) Info Sheet, the Youth Volunteer (CIT) Application Form, the FAQs, and the Volunteer Recruitment Flyer for the 2019 Camps!

Youth Volunteer (CIT) Info Sheet
Youth Volunteer (CIT) Application Form
FAQs
Youth Volunteer (CIT) Recruitment Flyer

 

Parent/Grandparent SAFETY TOWN Program
Wed., July 24 — 5:30PM – 9:00PM

The Parent/Grandparent Camp is a 3½ – hour camp held one evening on July 24.  Experts on the topics will help caregivers of children in Pre-K through grade 6 take charge of critical factors that create vulnerable situations for their children — to stop problems from growing, and teaching their kids confidence-building safety skills.  Professional Safety Experts will cover:

  • Internet / Digital Safety

  • Bullying prevention

  • Stranger/Danger – Child Abuse Prevention

  • Emergency/Disaster Preparedness – family & home

The fee of $50 includes a copy of KidPower International’S Irene van der Zande’s newest book — Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels (2018), tote bag with safety tools and materials, and dinner.  Adults-only camp, no child care will be available.

Download the Parent & Grandparent Safety Town Program flyer and the Registration Form

 

For more information about Safety Town, contact

Susan Russell, Exec. Director Safety Town – Santa Clarita
Susan@santaclaritaoptimistfoundation.org
23890 Copper Hill Dr. Suite #249
Valencia, CA 91354
safetytownscv.com
https://www.facebook.com/safetytownscv/

Thank You!

We would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their support of our program through grants, sponsorships and donations.
A special THANK YOU to our Premier Donors — the Santa Clarita Automobile Dealers Association and Valencia Auto Center.

Be a Safety Town Sponsor or Donor!

To become a Safety Town sponsor and/or make a donation toward the purchase of Safety Town snacks, camp supplies and equipment while earning important tax benefits, please contact:

Susan Russell, Executive Director
Safety Town – Santa Clarita
(661) 360-6457
Susan@santaclaritaoptimistfoundation.org
23890 Copper Hill Dr. Suite #249
Valencia, CA 91354

The Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation is an IRS-designated Public Charity. Tax ID 46-4800950

Photos from Safety Town

Safety Towner – Ready to Roll!

Applauding their Brave Fire Fighters


Hi Fives for our Fire Fighters

Crawling under the Smoke (grey fabric)

California Highway Patrol

Making friends at snack time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Optimist Volunteers Make the Snacks Each Day!

Canyon Country Optimists (left to right): Linda Celaya, Jesse Toral, Vivian Lawrence

Safety Arts & Crafts


 


Playground Safety

Town Time

 

 

 

Learning from The American Red Cross about Disaster Preparedness and Earthquake Safety

Santa Clarita Valley Transit – Getting on the bus

Guide Dogs of America and Service Dogs

U.S Forest Service

 

 

GirlWithFiretruck
This little girl’s brave fire fighter and his rig!

Firehouse
A Safety Town Fire Station – Thanks Hotel Precision Interiors

CarryingFireFighterGear
Trying out some Firefighter gear

DrivingInSafetyTown
Driving in Safety Town

StudentsWithCalifHighwayPatrol
  Campers with California Highway Patrol Officer

CampersWithCrossingGuard
Learning to cross streets safely

FirefighterWithAlltheGear

Firefighter in full gear

StudentwithCounselorBySheriffCar

Camper with Counselor and SCV Sheriff patrol car

CampersWithSmokey
Campers with Smokey Bear

KidsWithSantaClaritaTransit
Campers with Santa Clarita Transit

SAFETY FIRST for SANTA CLARITA’S KIDS!!!