SUMMIT, NJ – In August, Summit’s HomeTowne TV interviewed Tiffany Escott, Branch Executive at the Berkeley Heights YMCA, and Emily Aprea, Vice President and CFO of the Summit Are YMCA, who are leading an initiative at the Y to train adults within the community on how to prevent child sexual abuse.
As part of the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, the Summit Area YMCA has joined forces with Darkness to Light, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and creator of the award-winning Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. The partnership aims to educate adults in the community on how to recognize, react responsibly to, and prevent child sexual abuse. According to experts, one in 10 children - or 400,000 each year - will experience child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.
“Social Responsibility is one of the Y’s key areas of focus, particularly when it relates to the health and welfare of children. We are committed to developing community-based solutions that unite people to participate in and work for positive social change,” said Emily Aprea, Vice President and CFO of the Summit Area YMCA. “By partnering with Darkness to Light, we will educate and empower adults to become agents of change to protect children from sexual abuse.”
The show on HomeTowne TV (Comcast TV 36 / Verizon TV 33) will air in September.
The Stewards of Children training is free, open to the community, and available online by visiting https://d2l.csod.com/client/d2l/default.aspx.
For more information, please contact Tiffany Escott at 908 464 8373 x2012.
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