children and youth

All people—young people most of all— should live a life free of fear and abuse. Ferndale School District Response Protocol

Safe Futures

The DV Commission and local schools are working together to support healthy relationships, consent, and gender equality. The Ferndale, Blaine, and Mt Baker School Districts have committed to taking bold, broad steps toward a healthier future for their students.  Safe Futures is a federally funded, 3-year collaborative project to prevent and address sexual assault, domestic violence, and adolescent relationship abuse by promoting healthy relationships and consent. This project engages youth, families, and community partners to create: policies and procedures; education and training; and capacity-building strategies.


Youth engagement is an important and central part of Safe Futures. This is how we engage youth in meaningful ways to create action-oriented solutions. Youth Advisory Boards convene at secondary schools in each school district. The Youth Advisory Boards offer opportunities for students to: learn about domestic violence, sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking; build skills in responding to these issues; create consciousness-raising and social norming campaigns on their campuses; become peer educators; and be recognized for their work toward a more just community.


Each school district has a Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT). These teams consists of administrators, counselors, advisors, youth, service providers, community members, and other project partners. The CCRTs complete a Community Strengths and Needs Assessment as well as a Strategic Plan. The outcomes of these processes direct project implementation. The CCRTs oversee all aspects of implementation and progress within their school district.


The Safe Futures Task Force brings together representatives involved with each of the three school-based sites to share resources, information, and insights, and to guide the projects county-wide. The Task Force will develop policies, provide trainings in schools, and increase capacity among influential adults, family members, and community-based organizations so they are empowered to respond and provide help. The Safe Futures Task Force will also be responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the projects beyond the three-year funding award.