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Darkness to Light

OVER 7,300 adults in Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties have been trained in Stewards of Children as of October 24, 2014!

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.

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.

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 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 social workers, certified counselors, and childcare providers for free as well.  For more information or to register, email

Upcoming Stewards of Children Trainings:

At Homestead Aquatic Center (Chapel Hill) on:
Fri, Dec. 5, from 9 – 11 AMClick to Register
Thurs, Dec. 11, from 6 – 8 PMClick to Register

At Levin JCC (Durham) on:
Sun, Nov. 16, from 3:15 – 5:15 PMClick to Register

At Emily K Center (Durham) on:
Tues, Dec. 16, from 6 – 8 PM – Click to Register

At Pittsboro Presbyterian Church (Pittsboro) on:
Sun, Dec. 7, from 1:30 – 3:30 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

 Online Training

As of October 2014, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA is able to provide Stewards of Children training online free of charge! Thanks to grant awarded to D2L by the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, online training is available for free through December 2015. Contact hours are also available for social workers, certified counselors, and childcare providers through the online platform.

To access the online training, click the following link. If you have questions, please email




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