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 via Live Scan Fingerprinting through the DOJ 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, have also partnered 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 Diversity and Inclusion

CYT is passionate and committed to supporting, sustaining, and encouraging a safe, creative community where all are welcome, seen, and valued. All those participating at CYT are charged to hold to their personal convictions while simultaneously demonstrating grace and compassion to ALL they encounter, regardless of religious or political differences.

CYT is an educational nonprofit not associated with any specific church or denomination. All are welcomed and encouraged to participate and are not required to adopt any specific religious beliefs.

CYT is committed to creative and diverse programming, the continued development of practices and strategies that serve many unique needs, and the continued improvement and expansion of diversity in and for the CYT community.


What is Kidpower?
CYT cares deeply for child safety. We want to make sure that CYT is as safe for students and families as possible, but we would be remiss if we didn’t consider the implications of child safety and the work we do one step further. We know that at CYT, students are afforded the opportunities to grow in areas of character and confidence both on and off the stage. Why wouldn’t we use that as a springboard to give them life-skills that will serve and protect them within our walls and as they leave us? That is where Kidpower comes in.

Young mother Irene van der Zande was inspired to found Kidpower after a frightening incident in 1985. As she was leading a group of small children on a field trip, a man charged towards them and threatened to take one of the children. Irene put herself between the man and the children, including her own son and daughter, and shouted at the man and at people around her to help. With the help of bystanders, she forced the attacker to leave. The children were unhurt and soon recovered – but Irene was shaken and determined to do something to help people, especially children, build the skills and confidence to take charge of their own safety. Irene used her experience as a community organizer, author, and child development expert to bring together other experts in martial arts, education, mental health, child safety, and law enforcement to work on the issue. She encouraged parents and teachers to get involved in the creation of effective programs that make a real difference in preventing violence and abuse and in developing positive relationships to enrich people’s lives.

The organization “Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International” responded to the demand for “People Safety” education to protect people of all ages and abilities from bullying, harassment, sexual abuse, abduction, and other emotional and physical violence – and to empower them with skills. They go by the name “Kidpower” for short, providing education and skills to people who are kids or who used to be kids, or as we might say “kids of all ages.” CYT has partnered with Kidpower in order to bring this education to leaders, students, and families in all the CYT Branches, and we pray that it is not only useful and effective, but fun!

CYT Safety Rules

3 Rules
Recognize inappropriate behavior & boundaries
Resist any inappropriate behavior
Report any inappropriate behavior

6 Boundaries
1. Modesty at all times
2. No "1 on 1" when others are not present
3. Use appropriate talk & not inappropriate talk
4. Use appropriate touch & not inappropriate touch
5. Zero tolerance for bullying
6. Your space is your territory

National & San Diego 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:

National Reporting Hotline

CYT National Safety Scene is now hosting a National Reporting Hotline that you can make public and available to all local participants.  In the event that someone felt uncomfortable reporting through a confidential safe box or directly to leadership, they can enter their report anonymously through this hotline. Once we receive a report, CYT National has a multi-level accountability process in place to investigate and document any report.  We also manually enter into the system any reports we get personally through email or phone calls as a way to keep record.   

A toll-free telephone number (1-855-222-0283) and website have been set up for any local CYT participants, volunteers, or employees to report concerns. This confidential number and website is staffed by a third-party firm and will report any concerns to the CYT Inc Staff and Board of Directors.

This hotline matters because it communicates that we want to know and care for all that come into contact with CYT.

The National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.  The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls, texts, and chats are confidential.

Click the link below to view the graphic of our process once a report is received.  
Questions? Please submit a HelpDesk ticket using the category "Safety".

Protect My Ministry

CYT understands that child safety within our organization needs to be multi-leveled and rest on a solid baseline of employee and volunteer training and background checking.  We have contracted with the leading industry company, Protect My Ministry, to assure that all CYT employees and volunteers across the country go through a thorough background check and complete child sexual abuse awareness training. 

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

Incident Report

If there is an injury, please use this Incident Report Form to provide details

Community Feedback