SafeBAE’s 1st Ever

Summer Activist Institute:


We are no longer accepting applications but are looking forward to planning another institute in 2023. Subscribe to our mailing list and check our Instagram for more updates!


20 US high school students (rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the 2022-23 school year) who are actively engaged in sexual violence prevention & consent education activism and want the opportunity and support to do more.


The beautiful beachfront campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine.


June 26-29, 2022


3 days of intensive (but also SUPER fun) activist leadership training as a sexual assault prevention advocate.  

  • We will have guest speakers from activist organizations throughout the US, surprise guests, so much swag, and fun activities in greater Portland!
  • Participants will work in break-out sessions to envision their ideas for continuing their activism work during the 2022-23 school year.  
  • Each participant will have help and support in creating a proposal to submit to SafeBAE for grant funding for their work in the year ahead.


  • Lead a revolution to dismantle rape culture
  • Empower you and your friends to know your rights in school
  • Be a leader in teaching enthusiastic consent
  • Get community service hours toward graduation
  • This will be an amazing achievement to put on your college application
  • Maine is an AMAZING place to be in the summer!


  • You must be a US-based high school student in the upcoming school year. 
  • You must have parental approval to attend.
  • You must have a history of activism (big or small) in the field of child abuse & sexual violence prevention. (we strongly encourage applicants to have taken our BAE Training)
  • The Institute is entirely free, excluding transportation (but partial & full scholarships will be available on request)
  • Chosen participants (and their parents) will be required to sign a contract of their commitment to attending.

We’ll also be headed to Funtown USA on Monday night to ride the rides!!!

Drone footage of Southern Maine Community College's beautiful campus!


Q: I’m under 18, so will my parents/caregiver have to sign off?

A: Yes, they will have to sign a waiver for you to participate and help to arrange travel.

Q: Is there travel funding available?

A: Yes, we have some travel stipends available, but are working to find partners to cover all travel expenses. This is not guaranteed for now.

Q: What will the food be like?

A: We’ll have a combination of food provided by the campus catering staff and local eateries from around Portland.

Q: Will I have a private room?

A: We will be in college dorms with double suites that have a shared bathroom in between. So a total of 4 participants will share each suite bathroom.

Q: How will my roommate be chosen?

A: We will make our best effort to pair you up with the best possible fit for you and the application will allow you to share any needs you have for rooming.

Q: What if I’m a graduating senior and still want to attend?

A: We are looking for underclassmen only because we will be providing attendees with grants to be able to continue their work when they return to their high school in the fall. Graduating seniors can absolutely be in touch with us about other ways to get involved in our work.

Q: I don't have any experience with advocacy, but have always wanted to do this work, can I still apply?

A: Absolutely! You will have the opportunity in your application to share why you are a strong candidate.

Q: I’m homeschooled/attend a non-traditional school, can I apply?

A: The target audience for the institute is students that attend traditional high schools, and as such the information we provide will be targeted toward that audience, but other students may apply as long as they can creatively imagine how to do sexual assault prevention advocacy in their educational communities!

Q: Will there be chaperones?

A: Yes, our college planning committee will be on-site as well as SafeBAE staff to oversee all participants.

Q: What is your cancellation policy if I am not able to attend?

A: Attendance at the Summer Institute is based on an application and selection process, as there are a limited number of spaces available. We ask that only students who are very serious about their commitment to the Institute apply. We will be requiring all participants to sign a contract confirming plans to attend. In the event that you are unable to attend, we kindly ask that you provide us with as much notice as possible, so that we may attempt to fill your spot.

Q: What are your COVID precautions?

A: Our top priority is keeping our participants and staff safe. At the time of this writing, we are months before the Institute, and realistically a lot may change between now and then, so we will be keeping our participants posted on our specific plans. A few things we expect to do to try to keep everyone safe:

  • Require proof of COVID vaccination for all participants and staff
  • Rapid COVID test upon arrival
  • Outdoor eating and activities where possible
  • Opening windows for improved ventilation

Q: Will I be able to contact home if needed?

A: Absolutely, and you can totally bring your phone, but we do expect participants to be focused on the work when we’re in session and save the selfies for activities during breaks and downtime in the evenings.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing

Meet Your Summer Activist Institute Planning Committee!

These are 5 dedicated college students who have been working all year to plan and implement the activist training they would have wanted when they were in high school. They come from all over the US and will be joining you in Maine as mentors in your work. Get to know them!

Asaah Coston

Lillian Frame

Lauren Gonzalez

Samar Rafiqzad

Chandler Rupert

Aidan Stark-Chessa