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.
Mission: Provide adults in Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties with tools to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Goal: Educate at least 5% of our community’s adult population in Stewards of Children, or 17,300 people. More than 7,000 adults in Orange, Durham, and Chatham County have already joined the prevention movement.
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 any adult, but may be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, coaches, camp counselors, teachers, schools, faith centers and other service organizations. Stewards of Children is a national prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Outcomes include increased awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse, new skills for adults to protect children, and commitment to community action.
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 Tricia.Smar@YMCATriangle.org.
Upcoming Stewards of Children Trainings:
At Homestead Aquatic Center (Chapel Hill) on:
Sat, Sept. 20, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM- Click to Register
Tues, Sept. 23, from 9 – 11 AM- Click to Register
Tues, Oct. 7, from 6 – 8 PM – Click to Register
Thurs, Oct. 23, from 9 – 11 AM – Click to Register
Sat, Nov. 8, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM – Click to Register
Mon, Nov. 24, from 6 – 8 PM – Click to Register
Fri, Dec. 5, from 9 – 11 AM – Click to Register
Thurs, Dec. 11, from 6 – 8 PM – Click to Register
At Pittsboro Presbyterian Church (Pittsboro) on:
Sun, Sept. 7, from 1 – 3 PM (NOTE: time change) - Click to Register
Sat, Oct. 11, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM – Click to Register
Wed, Nov. 5, from 9 – 11 AM – Click to Register
Sun, Dec. 7, from 1:30 – 3:30 PM – 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 Tricia.Smar@YMCATriangle.org.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Y is hosting a Facilitator Workshop on Wed, Oct. 15 from 8:30am – 5pm in Morrisville, NC. Cost is $350 for the daylong workshop, which includes all training materials, an Authorized D2L Instructor, 7 contact hours for social workers and certified counselors, and access to a national network of Facilitators as well as technical support via D2L. A very limited number of scholarships are available for participants in Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties.
If you or someone from your organization is interested in becoming an Authorized Facilitator of the nationally recognized Stewards of Children training, please follow this link to register. Contact Tricia.Smar@YMCATriangle.org for more info.