The statistics are startling. Approximately twenty percent of ALL victims of sexual abuse are under age eight. One in five children are sexually solicited while on the internet.  Thirty to forty percent of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members. There are an estimated 39 million survivors of sexual abuse living in the U.S. today.

But there’s good news too. The Community YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light, a nationally acclaimed non-profit, to bring its award winning prevention program, Stewards of Children to Delaware County, Pa.  Stewards of Children is a two hour workshop designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.  Stewards of Children emphasizes child safety as an adult’s responsibility.

There are specific trainings open to the public, and can be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, coaches, camp counselors, teachers, schools, faith centers, and other service organizations. “One of the Y’s areas of focus is on youth development,” said M.J. Gilbert, Branch Director and Stewards of Children Trainer of the Community YMCA. “We believe that every child deserves the chance to discover who they are and what they can achieve in a safe and nurturing environment, and that’s why partnering with Darkness to Light for this program is so important to us.”

The trainings facilitate discussion about the incidence and consequence of abuse and presents information about child protection policies and mandates. Continuing education credits for professionals in various fields can be obtained through this training. Click on your preferred date below to register. 

YMCA Staff Training
9/16     6-8pm   RY
9/25    6-8pm   LY
10/23  6-8pm   RY
11/19   6-8pm  Association Office
12/16  6-8pm   RY

Public Training
10/5  9-11am  LY
10/15  6:30-8:30pm  LY
11/13  6:30-8:30pm RY

12/17  6:30-8:30pm  LY