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Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.

The Centre County United Way, Women’s Resource Center, Youth Service Bureau and YMCA have partnered to bring the program to County residents. Our goals is to train 5,800 adults — the “tipping” point that will ensure that every child in the county has contact with an adult who has received training to create and maintain a safe environment for our youth.

To date we have trained 7,605 Centre County residents! We have surpassed our goal!!

Upcoming Workshops Open to the Community 

YMCAOCC Bellefonte Branch: Thursday, November 7th  6pm-8pm
YMCAOCC Penns Valley Branch: Tuesday, November 12th  6pm-8pm
YMCAOCC Moshannon Valley Branch: Monday, December 16th  6pm-8pm

For more information or to register for a workshop, contact Jamie SanFilippo, Director of Community Outreach at or 814-237-7717.

What is Stewards of Children?

Stewards of Children is a free two and a half-hour workshop to emphasize child safety as an adult’s responsibility. Each participant will be inspired to take personal responsibility in preventing this epidemic.

Think of 4 girls you know.
Now guess which one will be sexually abused before she’s 18.

Now think of 6 boys you know.
Which one of them will be sexually abused before he’s 18?

Only 1 of 10 children who are abused will tell someone. No one wants to think about it. That’s what abusers of children count on, of course.

This workshop is available to any group whether they are directly working with children or not. We want Centre County to be the safest environment for our children, today and tomorrow.

Topics Covered:

  • Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse
  • The types of situations in which child sexual abuse might occur
  • Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse
  • The importance of talking about the prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults
  • The signs of sexual abuse so that you might intervene and be able to react responsibly

What Outcomes You Can Expect:

  • Increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse
  • New skills to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse
  • Individual commitment to action via a personal prevention plan
  • Positive change to organizational policies and procedures

Becoming a Workshop Facilitator

If you are interested in joining our team as a Authorized Facilitator , you must attend a Facilitator Training.  You must register on the national website :  Darkness to Light Registration Form

The cost of the training is $350 and includes:

  • 7.5 hours of instruction, approved for CEU credit by National Association of Social Workers and National Board of Certified Clinicians. (CEU credit for other professions may apply but it is the responsibility of the facilitator to determine requirements and submit any required applications.)
  • Instruction on the philosophy and purpose of the Stewards of Children curriculum, mastery of the training curriculum, preparation for and promoting the program, and facilitator policies and procedures.
  • All training materials including a Facilitator Manual, a Stewards of Children workbook, DVD, and 7 Steps booklet.

It is highly recommended that prior to attending a Facilitator Training, you first participate in a Stewards of Children workshop or complete the online version of the program also available on the national website.

For more information contact Jamie SanFilippo, Director of Community Outreach at or 814-237-7717.