One of my favorite aspects of working with the Pensacola Young Professionals is getting to know other non-profits in our community.  The Gulf Coast Kid’s House (GCKH), a children’s advocacy center serving Escambia County, is one of the very best non-profits around. If you aren’t familiar with their mission, it is to facilitate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and promote child abuse prevention awareness through community education. That’s a noble cause but a tough topic for many people to think or speak about. However, did you know that every adult in the state of Florida is required by law to report suspected child abuse? Thankfully, GCKH has made it easier for everyone to learn the basics of recognizing and reporting child abuse. In partnership with the Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) Class of 2019, GCKH created a “Safe Kid Zone” training – which is online, only takes about 30 minutes to complete, and is free – to help us all learn how to recognize, report, and reduce the occurrence of child abuse in our community. Safe Kid Zones are places where children can feel assured that the adults around them can and will get them the help they need. PYP’s goal is to achieve 100% participation in this training for all our members so that we can be a certified Safe Kid Zone organization. We are grateful to the LeaP 2019 class and GCKH for creating this training – and for making it so easy to access. PYP is proud to participate, and we encourage each of our members to complete the training today. We also encourage you to spread the word and share the link with your work, school, friends, and family members so that, one by one, we can build a Safe Kid Zone across the Pensacola Bay area. We believe in the power of our community working together to prevent child abuse.

To report suspected child abuse, call 1-800-96ABUSE.

To access the free Safe Kid Zone Training, visit this unique link created for PYP (and feel free to share!)

-Ruthie Speight, Executive Director