Operation Safety Net works to prevent youth suicide and homelessness and strengthen families by training and empowering community members to provide resources and supports for LGBTQ youth and their families, specifically - but not limited to - LDS youth in the US and internationally.

This is a grassroots effort made up of individuals from all over the United States and world who belong to a variety of organizations.  It was spearheaded originally by Marian Edmonds-Allen and Berta Marquez in 2012 to provide host homes for LGBTQ youth in Utah.  This safety net has quietly been operating to prevent and address youth homelessness, but now is being activated to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides, particularly for Latter-day Saint youth.  Best practice techniques for suicide prevention and elements of LGBTQ youth family and community trainings and supports are now incorporated, and it has been renamed and expanded to become Operation Safety Net.

We are looking for volunteers to be part of expanding the safety net for LGBTQ youth, especially Latter-day Saint youth, to help prevent youth suicide and homelessness and strengthen families.  

We need folks to volunteer for these roles:

  • Local Director
    • Has information and resources to help youth and families in their community
    • Helps to match “Buddies” with youth and families
    • Expected time commitment: 2-4 hours per week
    • Initial training time:  4 hours
    • As needed training refresher and team meetings
  • Buddy (individual, couple or family) for an LGBTQ youth and /or LGBTQ youth’s family: 
    • Social activities, be a friend!
    • Expected time commitment: 2-4 hours per week
    • Initial training time:  5 hours
    • As needed training refresher and team meetings 
  • Regional Directors are responsible for:
    • Point of contact for District Directors
    • Point of contact for Resource Mavens 
    • Expected time commitment: 2-4 hours per week
    • Initial training time:  4 hours
    • As needed training refresher and team meetings
  • Resource Mavens are responsible for:
    • Compiling national, regional, state and local resources, including support groups, trainings, helpful websites, etc.
    • Keeps point people, district and regional managers up to date
    • Expected time commitment: 2-4 hours per week
    • Initial training time:  3 hours
    • As needed training refresher and team meetings
  • Hotline Director, responsible for:
    • Scheduling, supporting and supervising hotline team members
    • Expected time commitment: 3-5 hours per week
    • Initial training time:  5 hours
    • As needed training refresher and team meetings
  • Hotline team member, responsible for:
    • Providing referrals to resources for youth, parents, etc.
    • Expected time commitment:  1-3 12 hour “on call”  shifts per month using own phone with calls forwarded during shift
    • Initial training time:  5 hours
    • As needed training refresher and team meetings
  • Database team member, responsible for:
    • Entering and maintaining names, resources, regions
    • Expected time commitment: 2-4 hours per week
    • Initial training time:  4 hours
    • As needed training refresher and team meetings

About the trainings:
We will be conducting in-person and virtual trainings, as well as maintaining the training materials online for your easy reference.  Included in the trainings:  

  • Info specific to each volunteer position
  • Cultural competency, also known as Safe Zone training
  • Family acceptance and rejection
  • Community and faith supports
  • Suicide awareness and prevention
  • Other risks for LGBTQ youth including school safety, physical and mental health
  • National to community resources

Interested in helping?  Sign up! (This link will take you to a Google Form)
Learn about upcoming trainings (and more!) on our FaceBook page