Turning The Light On



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Alarming Statistics


Prevention is the Answer

clientuploads/Email/1in10.jpgThe YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to bring the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to our communities. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior. Our Y is working with schools, day cares, community organizations, faith groups, and more to train community members to keep our children safe. Our goal is to train 21,460 people in our community. When adults actively seek to make a difference, a cultural change can occur. We’re working to shift from a norm where child sexual abuse is kept in fear and denial and children are easy targets, to a community where every child is protected through a community of trained and aware adults.


Stewards of Children

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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 is every adult’s responsibility. Our goal is simple: to educate and prepare our community to deal with and prevent child sexual abuse. The training teaches the steps to preventing abuse, recognizing warning signs, and reacting responsibly when abuse occurs.

Prevent Now!

Prevent Now! meetings are community meetings designed to create awareness and have discussions around the issues of child sexual abuse. Meetings are open to the public and are a great first step for those exploring, getting involved and making change.

Be the one who makes a change.

Take the first step in protecting children.

Do it for all the precious children in your life.


YMCA Trainers

East Orange YMCA
For more information, please contact: Maureen Simons at 973.758.9622. 

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps 
For more information, please contact: Collin Campbell at 973.383.9282. 

South Mountain YMCA
For more information, please contact: Jenn MacAfee at 973.762.4145. 

Sussex County YMCA
For more information, please contact Alma Dhuyvetter at 973.209.9622.

Wayne YMCA
For more information, please contact Maureen Simons at 973.758.9622.

West Essex YMCA
For more information, please contact Helen Flores at 973.992.7500.