Darkness To Light


Partners in Prevention | Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Bringin 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 the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance to inform, educate and mobilize advocates for children.




Did you know the research shows:                                                                         

     -  1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before she turns 18.

     -  1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before he 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 Hopewell Valley 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 partners, including local and civic volunteer groups, non-profits, shcool districts and local government.

Classes are planned at our Y and at local community gatherings. For further information or to schedule a training, contact one of our coordinators. 


Each class will operate from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Hopewell Valley YMCA



Date class offered Class Time Registration Deadline Cost
September 24, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm September 15, 2017 Free
October 22, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm October 13, 2017 Free
November 19, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm November 10, 2017 Free
December 17, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm December 8, 2017 Free



For more information and to register or schedule a class, contact:

Douglas Pszczolkowski; dpszczolkowski@hvymca.org


D2L Website: Darkness to Light


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We are a "Y without walls" meaning we operate in many different locations through out the community. Our administrative offices are located at 62 South Main Street in Pennington, NJ and we accept program registrations at this location.We proudly serve the Hopewell Valley community.