Tools for Community Prevention Initiatives
If you are interested in helping bring prevention to your community, the first step is to take the Stewards of Children training yourself. You can get started right now by taking the ONLINE training. Or, if there is a Facilitator in your community you can attend a group session. Once you have experienced the training you will be better equipped to advocate for keeping children safe. There are countless ways to get involved.
Promote Prevention Training
Stewards of Children Facilitation
Stewards of Children is taught by Authorized Facilitators. To become a Facilitator someone completes the one-day train-the-trainer workshop conducted by Darkness to Light. Workshops are held regularly in various cities around the country. In this workshop you are taught how to lead the group discussion portions of the Stewards of Children program. Experience is not required, but a Facilitator does need to be comfortable speaking in front of a group. The cost to attend a Facilitator Workshop is $450 plus any necessary travel expenses.
Provide a Scholarship for Facilitator Training
Identify a youth serving organization in your community interested in prevention and fund the workshop fee and travel expenses for an employee(s) to be trained as a Facilitator.
Become a Facilitator Yourself
If you are comfortable talking in a group, consider becoming a Facilitator of Stewards of Children. Facilitators are our "feet on the street!" For more information on facilitating, see the Facilitator Led Training page.
Attend Prevent Now! Workshop
This workshop teaches people how to create a strategy for a community prevention initiative, conduct community awareness meetings, build a coalition, and funding strategies. Ideally an organization has committed a full time Prevention Specialist and is willing to take a lead role as an organization to drive a community initiative. It cost $125 to attend a Prevent Now! workshop.
Help drive prevention in your community by providing or raising funds. Check out the information about Funder's Strategies for ideas.
Create Awareness/Get People Involved
Help create awareness about the issue in your community – once people understand the problem they are more inspired to be part of the solution.
We have a few different brochures available about prevention at the D2L Store. Help spread the word by distributing brochures to parents via youth serving organizations, pediatricians, churches, etc.
Secure Time for Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Darkness to Light has broadcast quality public service announcements and print advertisements. The PSA’s are intended to raise awareness about the issue of child sexual abuse and inspire people to take action – get trained.
Conduct a Stewards of Children Training Pledge Drive
Set a goal and solicit pledges from youth serving organizations to train their staff and volunteers by a certain period of time. If an initiative is well under way in your community you might be ready to consider holding a Prevent-a-thon.
Partner in Prevention Distinction
Encourage organizations to qualify for the D2L Partner in Prevention distinction. This distinction requires training of staff and volunteers, implementation of a child protection policy, and background screening of staff and volunteers. Qualifying organizations are given a Partner in Prevention emblem to display at their place of business. Encourage youth serving organizations to qualify and also spread the word to make parents aware of this distinction as they evaluate places/programs for their children.
Join an Existing Coalition
If a prevention initiative is already underway in your community and a coalition exists, volunteer to join the group. If a coalition doesn't exist, start one! There is power in a group of people dedicated to a common goal...keeping our children safe!