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Darkness to Light

The statistics are startling. 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Children are victims in nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults. In more than 90% of these cases, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts.

But there’s good news too. The Chapel Hill – Carrboro YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light, a nationally acclaimed non-profit, to bring its award-winning prevention program, Stewards of Children, to our community. Stewards of Children is a two-hour training designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety as every adult’s responsibility. Our goal is simple: to educate and prepare our community to deal with and prevent child sexual abuse. More than 6,000 adults in Orange, Durham, and Chatham County have joined the prevention movement.

Stewards of Children

The YMCA is able to provide Stewards of Children trainings free of charge thanks to grants awarded from the Oak Foundation and other community funders. Trainings are open to the public and may be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, coaches, camp counselors, teachers, schools, faith centers and other service organizations. Trainings facilitate discussion about the incidence and consequence of abuse and present information about child protection policies and mandates and prevention techniques. Stewards of Children workshops can be requested by any local group and the YMCA will host open community trainings on a monthly basis. Professional development contact hours are available for nurses, social workers, certified counselors, and childcare providers at an additional cost.  For more information or to register, email

Upcoming Stewards of Children Trainings:

At Homestead Aquatic Center (Chapel Hill) on:
Wed, July 16, from 9 – 11 AM –
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Tues, Aug. 5, from 9 – 11 AM-
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Sat, Sept. 20, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM- Click to Register
Tues, Sept. 23, from 9 – 11 AM- Click to Register

At Emily K Center (Durham) on:
Wed, Aug. 13, from 1:30 – 3:30 PM - 
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At Levin JCC (Durham) on:
Wed, Sept. 10, from 6 – 8 PM - Click to Register
Mon, Oct. 20, from 6 – 8 PMClick to Register
Sun, Nov. 16, 3:15 – 5:15 PMClick to Register

At Pittsboro Presbyterian Church (Pittsboro) on:
Sun, July 20, from 1:30 – 3:30 PM - Click to Register
Mon, Aug. 18, from 6 – 8 PM - Click to Register
Sun, Sept. 7, from 1:30 – 3:30 PMClick to Register

At Wade Edwards Foundation & Learning Lab (Raleigh) on:
Fri, July 25, from 9:30 – 11:30 AMClick to Register
Wed, Aug. 20, from 3 – 5 PMClick to Register

We are also happy to set up private trainings for your organizations or businesses. To schedule a private training or for questions relating to the YMCA’s Darkness to Light initiative, email Tricia Smar at






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