Purpose of the Safe Space Logo

Our first priority is to create a safe, inclusive space for learning, sharing, and collaboration welcoming to people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. Diversity includes, but is not limited to: race, color, religion, political beliefs, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, transgender status, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, educational level, learning style, socio-economic status, physical appearance, body size, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  CCE actively supports equal educational and employment opportunities.  No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination. CCE is committed to the maintenance of affirmative action programs that will assure the continuation of such equality of opportunity.

The NYS 4-H Safe Spaces logo is a sign of our commitment to nurturing this safe, inclusive environment.


Restorative Justice & Healing Webinar

Restorative Healing: A PYD Approach to the 4-H Code of Conduct
Andrew Randazzo, CCE-Columbia & Greene
Nigel Gannon, NYS 4-H

In this introductory webinar, we will examine the philosophy and practices of Restorative Justice within the framework of Positive Youth Development (PYD). We will consider how we define justice or just outcomes in our 4-H community and the possibilities for applying restorative justice practices to 4-H programs. The NYS 4-H Code of Conduct was created to align with our mission, vision, and values, offering clarity on expected conduct in 4-H. We will consider how we can use the code of conduct as a teaching tool while helping our communities to learn and heal from breaches of the code. Through this webinar, we look forward to continuing to engage our community in ways to create safer, more positive programing experiences for all youth. (May 23, 2019)

PowerPoint Slides

Slides w/ lines for notes (3 slides per page)

Zoom Video Recording (Cornell Box; VPN required)

Highlighted Resources in the Webinar:

Chicago Public Schools Restorative Practices
Guide and Toolkit

Restorative Justice in the Classroom (with link to audio)
Audio Transcript

Restorative Justice and Practices (see #4 for Restorative Questions)

Teaching Tolerance
Restorative Justice Role-Playing Scenarios
Toolkit for Restoring Justice

Restorative Practice Ideas for the Classroom

International Institute for Restorative Practices


Purpose of the Safe Space Logo (1-page)

NYS 4-H Safe Spaces Logo Guide

Commitment to Equal Program Opportunity and Diversity and Inclusion

NYS 4-H Code of Conduct

Working Agreements:

  1. Create a Welcome Environment for All

  2. Bring Your Best Self

  3. Obey the Law

  4. Honor Diversity —Yours and Others’

  5. Create a Safe Environment

  6. Be a Team Player

  7. Participate Fully

  8. Watch What You Wear

  9. Be a Positive Role Model

Table Source: CPS Restorative Practices Guide & Toolkit

Table Source: CPS Restorative Practices Guide & Toolkit

Featured Curriculum: The Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project (SZP) is a free online resource providing  curriculaactivities, and other resources for educators facilitating Safe Zone trainings (sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ education sessions), and  learners who are hoping to explore these concepts on their own. Co-created by Meg Bolger and Sam Killermann in 2013, the SZP has become the go-to resource for anyone looking to add some Safe Zone to their life.

Self-Guided Online Curriculum

Other Resources

One-and-All: Strategies to Protect Students, Reject Bullying, and Build Communities Where Everyone Thrives

In a time of division and uncertainty for our country, many of us — teachers, school leaders, parents — are asking, “What can we do?” How can we reject discrimination and protect children who feel targeted for their religion, ethnicity, gender, or even political beliefs? How can we welcome diverse perspectives and hard conversations?With One and All, we’re facing these challenges in education — by sharing resources and welcoming your ideas, experiences, and perspectives. We'll be updating regularly with new strategies and stories of inspiration. 

From Teaching Tolerance: How to Be an Ally: Any educator can become an ally, but the journey might look different depending on one’s identity, experience and familiarity with issues of power and privilege.

From Cornell Health: Ally Up! Practice Effective Allyship: Rather than an identity, allyship is a practice that needs ongoing work and focus. The suggestions listed [here] apply to operating in solidarity with and advocating for the rights and well-being of people of different races, cultures, sexes, genders, abilities, ages, faiths, and other identities and affiliations.

GLSEN Safe Space Kit: Be an ALLY to LGBTQ Youth!: Safe Space Kit: Designed to help you create a safe space for LGBTQ youth in schools, the Safe Space Kit is GLSEN’s Guide to Being an Ally to LGBTQ Students. The guide provides concrete strategies that will help you support LGBTQ students, educate about anti-LGBTQ bias and advocate for changes in your school.