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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 the Levin JCC (Durham) on:
Mon, May 12, from 6 – 8 PMClick Here to Register.

At Durham County Human Services (Durham) on:
Mon, May 5, 9 – 11:30 AM - Click Here to Register
Mon, May 19, 9 – 11:30 AM - Click Here to Register 

At Emily K Center (Durham) on:
Mon, June 16, 6 – 8 PM - 
Click to Register

At the Homestead Aquatics Center (Chapel Hill) on:
Thurs, Apr. 24, from 6 – 8 PM  - Click Here to Register.
Sat, May 3, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM - Click Here to Register.
Wed, May 21, from 9 – 11 AM – Click Here to Register.
Mon, June 9, from 6 – 8 PM - Click Here to Register.
Sat, June 14, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM - Click Here to Register.
Thurs, June 26, from 9 – 11 AM - Click Here to Register.

At Pittsboro Presbyterian Church (Pittsboro) on:
Tues, May 6, from 9 – 11 AM - Click to Register
Sat, May 31, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM - Click to Register
Wed, June 11, from 9 – 11 AM - Click to Register
Sun, June 22, from 4 – 6 PM - Click to Register

At Orange County Public Library (Hillsborough) on:
Sat, May 10, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM - Click 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

Art Pieces for Abuse Prevention

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month- April 2014, the Y is auctioning off art pieces to benefit our D2L initiative. Wine & Design Wake Forest  has donated 27 paintings by local professional artists to support Darkness to Light! Each painting is valued at $40, but bidding begins at just $5. All proceeds will help further the child sexual abuse prevention efforts in Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties, so here’s a fantastic way to support both the arts and youth protection in our community.

To bid on a piece, click on the painting of interest below to see recent bids, then follow the link to place your bid. The auction will be open until 5pm on Wed, Apr. 30th, so please bid as many times on as many paintings as you would like:

1) Proud Peacock                                               2) Eiffel Tower                                           3) Christmas Cat
01 Peacock    02 Eiffel Tower    03 Cat and Christmas Door

4) Halloween Cupcake                                   5) Bright Owl                               6) Peace Sign  

04 Halloween Cupcake      05 Owl      06 Peace Sign

7) Tennis Pro                                                 8) Klimt Tree                                          9) Pink Flowers

07 Tennis Racket     08 Klimt Tree     09 Pink Flowers
10) Parisian Cafe                                              11) Love Birds                                          12) Majestic Waterfall
10 Parisian Cafe      11 Birds Kissing      12 Waterfall

13) Purple Ivy                                               14) Cherry Blossom Colors                      15) Magnolia Flower   
13 Purple Ivy      14 Cherry Blossoms of Color     15 Magnolia

16) Autumn Tree                                          17) Glasses with Flowers                                               18) Fall Leaves
16 Autumn Leaves     17 Glasses with Flowers     18 Fall Leaves II
19) White Roses                                                  20) Yellow Cottage                               21) Sunset Walkway    
19 White Roses     20 Yellow House     21 Sunset Walkway II

22) White Tree and Fence               23) Funky Flowers                                                 24) Red Trees
22 White Tree and Fence     23. Funky Flowers     24 Red Trees
25) Tear Drop Tree                                      26) Wine Baguette Basket                        27) Whimsical Wine  
25 Tear Drop Tree
      26 Wine Baguette Basket      27 Whimsical Wine

If links above do not work, you can bid via email by sending painting number and title along with your name, email address, and bid to Payments can be made via cash, credit, or check starting May 2nd and paintings must be picked up at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA main branch in Chapel Hill. Please contact Tricia Smar at if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting the Y’s D2L initiative during Child Abuse Prevention Month 2014!

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