SAFE in Our Community

As a part of the City of Merced, SAFE strives for economic stability and long term success through the development of youth and their families. Through various characteristics of innovation, creativity, and leadership we are determined to continue to create and facilitate a culture and environment of success through education and recreation. With that, SAFE is a collaborative community-based organization that will assist others and our community in building relationships, opportunities, and programs towards a culture and environment of success. We encourage and welcome any and all that can wish to better and develop our community as a whole. Below are currently growing and developing aspects of SAFE and our community through partnerships and collaborations.

CDS at Cruikshank MS | Mentorship

For almost an entire semester of the academic year, a few SAFE mentors have been working within the CDS site at Cruikshank Middle School through the Merced City School District. These SAFE mentors visit the youth during lunch and PE period anywhere from 1-3 times per week. 

This program is currently working as a pilot program looking to expand to future sites and the Jr. High opportunity classrooms. So far, this program has shown a great improvement in mentoring and connecting with the students currently enrolled in this academic program. 

SWAG | Tutoring

Twice a week, for almost two years now, SAFE mentors tutor students from local middle and high schools through Students With Aspiring Goals (SWAG). New dates and times are TBA for the new school year starting next Fall. All inquires for tutoring at this facility can be requested by contacting Michael Pierick through the information to the right.  

All subjects are available for tutoring including study habits, time management tips, and SAT/ACT preparation. You are not required to be member of SWAG in order to receive tutoring through their facility. 

MCOE ASSETS | Mentorship

SAFE is currently working with the ASSETS program through Merced County Office of Education to facilitate conversations and activities around building empowerment towards college and careers. Various after school programs throughout Merced County from elementary to middle schools who are a part of ASSETS will engage around 50-100 students in these activities and conversations.

Beginning in the Fall of 2017, SAFE is excited to bring our Biggie-Smalls Mentorship Curriculum to 4 different schools (3 middle and 1 elementary schools) a part of the ASSETS after school program from within the City of Merced. Further details are to come throughout the summer about the official program launch. 


MCOE Special Ed & Pi Kappa Phi Collaboration | Mentorship

This past Spring, UC Merced's Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity worked with SAFE Leadership to develop mentoring opportunities for their brothers to work within our community through their philanthropy of The Ability Experience.

SAFE partnered with the MCOE Special Education Department to bring Pi Kapp members to local classrooms to work and engage with special needs students. This program is set to launch in the Fall of 2017 and will pilot using local classrooms in the City of Merced before expanding to the rest of the county. 

City of Merced Summer Playground Camp at Rahilly Park | Mentorship

In the Spring of 2015, SAFE assisted the City of Merced Parks and Recreation department towards initiating a Summer Playground Camp for youth ages, K-6th. The youth continue to learn and develop through recreation and education. 

SAFE specifically works to develop new and innovative ideas for STEM and recreation activities, as well as hosting the campers to UC Merced's beautiful campus. SAFE Mentors also put forth volunteer hours to assist with mentoring the campers. Youth also create relationships with community stakeholders, such as the Merced Fire Department, Police Department, and the Sheriff's Office. Youth are also provided lunch as a part of the camp!

The camp runs throughout the months of June and July at Rahilly Park. The camp is only $15 a week and a $5 discount is honored for each sibling register simultaneously. For more information on registering your children, please contact our SAFE Leadership Team or the City of Merced Parks and Recreation Department.

Recidivism Reduction Project | Mentorship

SAFE was the recipient of the Merced County Probation Department's Recidivism Reduction Grant of $10,000. SAFE will engage the NAACP, Restorative Justice League, with the support of the SWAG Complex to reduce the likelihood of a juvenile committing a crime a second time. 

This program will engage out-of-custody juveniles, who are currently on probation, in recreation and education activities to build confidence and develop leadership. 

The NAACP will be providing a character building seminar twice a month to engage juveniles in conversations about leading from where they are for their future. The Restorative Justice League will provide the juveniles an opportunity to discuss their specific circumstances with mentors and staff to find the opportunities the lie within their past difficulties.