CYT San Diego's Commitment to Safety

We believe that CYT San Diego can be truly safe only when every student is assured a safe community without fear of harassment for any reason including: differing religious views, race, orientation or identity, nationality and physical and/or mental differences.  Harassment, whether in-person or via social media and other online mediums will not be tolerated.  We promote an environment of safe, non-judgmental and healthy relationships.

Together, we are responsible for maintaining a vibrant, welcoming, inclusive and, most importantly, safe environment for ALL students and families in our CYT San Diego community.  All Office Staff, Teaching Artists, Artistic Team Members and Volunteers are interviewed, extensively background checked through a National Search with a continual 3 year monitoring and undergo Child Abuse Protection Training with Certification.  They are also Mandated Reporters, required by law to report any suspicion of abuse to a Child Protective Agency.

We, as a National organization, are also partnering with Kids Power in an effort to train our staff, volunteers and students of all ages, teaching skills for strong relationships and the prevention of harm.  This training is on-going.

We also encourage you to report any concerns that you may have regarding the safety or well-being of students, staff or families to CYT San Diego through our Community Feedback Form or directly to the appropriate agency in the resources below.

Statement of Inclusion

Our CYT community includes diverse cultures, creeds, political beliefs and positions on social issues.  CYT is the common ground where we work towards a common goal, treating all with respect, understanding and love.

CYT leaders, families, and students must be able to hold to their personal convictions while simultaneously demonstrating grace and compassion to all those they encounter regardless of gender, faith, race, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.  While we are passionate about making CYT a place where everyone is welcomed, we understand that it is not for everyone.  No one will ever be turned away from CYT because of a disagreement concerning personal or political convictions.  At the same time, CYT does not demand adoption of any specific religious doctrine or personal convictions and will not permit any leader, student, or family to disrupt the core mission of CYT by promoting any individual political or social issue while participating in CYT programs.  Our personal convictions regarding politics, social issues, and doctrine should be left as personal convictions while at CYT.  While we support churches and organizations who specialize in these conversations, we understand our lane and our calling to our mission.

Colossians 3:12-16
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.  And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called into one body.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”

San Diego Abuse Reporting

If you suspect a child is being abused, neglected, or exploited, contact the San Diego Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 344-6000 to give all known information and follow all of the dispatcher’s instructions. If a Law Enforcement or Social Services investigator is assigned- request “Forensic Interview & Forensic Medical Exam” at nearest Rady’s Children’s Hospital Chadwick Center or the Palomar Medical Center Child Advocacy Center.

For a complete list of each state’s mandated reporting requirements and contact information, please see the US Department of Health & Human Services guidelines for reporting abuse: 
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/

Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.

For more resources regarding suicide prevention please click HERE

Forms and Training Videos

Community Feedback