Becky has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A in Education from Stanford University. A recognized expert in the field of youth mentoring, Becky served as CEO of Friends for Youth, Inc. for over 35 years. Friends for Youth has been cited as a program of excellence by numerous entities including the John W. Gardner Center and the Department of Education. Becky’s other career highlights include giving the keynote address on Mentoring’s Best Practices at Singapore’s National Youth Council Conference, participating in the Kettering Institute’s research on education and learning outside of schools, serving on the state of California Governor’s Mentoring Partnership Quality Assurance Standards Committee, being a guest at the White House at a Mentoring Ceremony hosted by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and being inducted into the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame for her dedication to promoting mentoring for at-risk children in the community. Her years of research and practice on keeping youth safe from predators culminated in the publication of SAFE (Screening Applicants for Effectiveness): Guidelines to Prevent Child Molestation in Mentoring and Youth-Serving Organizations. Becky is also co-author of Running a Safe and Effective Mentoring Program, and the Mentor Screening and Youth Protection chapter from the 2nd edition of the Handbook on Youth Mentoring. She recently served on the national Mentoring Children of Prisoners Support Center Advisory Board. Becky is a Certified NMRC/National Mentoring Resource Center Technical Assistance Provider.
Founder and Principal, SAFE Mentoring
Steve McEwan works with Becky specifically on SAFE training services. Steve is a retired Sergeant from the San Jose Police Department. He has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, including several years as a Police Officer in the United Kingdom. He has worked undercover assignments in the Child Exploitation Detail and also as a Criminal Intelligence Officer (Organized Crime). While assigned to the Child Exploitation Detail, his undercover cases involved investigating Child Pornography, Internet Predators and the International Trafficking of Children. He was also involved in a number of high profile reactive investigations of Child Predators. Sergeant McEwan has taught 'Child Sexual Exploitation' for California POST/Peace Officers Standards and Training since 1999. In 2006 he received the 'Excellence in Instruction' Award, California POST, Robert Presley Institute for Criminal Investigations. He has been recognized as a 'Subject Matter Expert' in the State and Federal Courts. Sergeant McEwan has worked in partnership with SAFE and the mentoring field to help develop educational guidelines and protocols for organizations that serve vulnerable children and youth.