Partners in Prevention

Partners in Prevention | Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Bringing experts and concerned members of the community together to promote change.

Darkness to Light, a nationally recognized authority on the issue of child sexual abuse prevention and creator of the award winning Stewards of Children curriculum, has partnered with our Y and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance to inform, educate and mobilize advocates for children.
Stewards of Children

Did you know the research shows:

  • 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before she turns 18.
  • There are 39 million survivors of sexual abuse in America.
  • More than 90% of abusers are people children know, love or trust.
  • More than 60% of pregnant teens have been sexually abused.
  • 20% of sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8.
  • Most will never tell...

The Meadowlands Area YMCA has set a goal to use the Stewards of Children curriculum to:

  • Train 90% of staff and volunteers by December 31, 2014
  • Train all new hires within their first 90 days.
  • Retrain all staff and volunteers every 3 years.

Additionally, our Y has set a goal to train 5% of the adults in our YMCA service area about how to protect children. Research tells us that 5% is the critical point for positive change in a community. Our Y intends to facilitate this change through training individuals and engaging community parters including local civic and volunteer groups, non-profits, school districts and local government