I’m In Charge

I’m In Charge is a school curriculum for elementary-age students focusing on safety in an emergency and non-emergency situations when a child is alone at home or on their own away from home.  The program helps open dialogue between students and their families and teaches practical skills that can be used right away.  The program helps kids solve problems and equips them with the skills they need to stay safe.

In the 2021-2022 school year, 6,447 children in 13 public school districts, one parochial school, and one private school benefited from this program. The following topics are covered by engaging students in discussion and role-play situations:

    • using the telephone
    • answering the door
    • inappropriate touching, stranger danger
    • fire safety
    • guns
    • first-aid
    • Internet safety
    • emergency weather situations

Since the I’m In Charge program began in 1984, over 160,000 elementary students have received information and training on being safe when alone at home or away from home.

In the past, the program was presented through workbooks, a dvd, and a facilitator’s manual.  However, beginning with the 2020 school year, the entire I’m In Charge program is available to schools online.  This makes it convenient for students to use whether they are in the classroom or learning virtually.

98% of responding school counselors felt the program provided a needed service to participating students and families.

98% of responding school counselors strongly agree or agreed that the program encouraged participating students to become more aware of their own safety when home alone or on their own away from home.

”This is a curriculum complete with a professional quality video and enough high-quality booklets for every student each year.”

”It is not an exaggeration to say that this curriculum resource is the best discussion starter… about the subject of safety available.”

A counselor made this comment, “The information about stranger danger and taking care of themselves is a great foundation for the topic of personal safety and boundaries…thank you for providing this wonderful resource…”

See What Participating 3rd Graders Are Saying About I’m In Charge!

“I learned to be safe wherever I go.”

“I learned about car safety rules.”

“I learned how to be safe.”

“I learned not to talk to strangers.”

I'm In Charge Video