Join IL Child Abuse Prevention Efforts

YMCA of the USA’s (Y-USA) partnership with Praesidium provides all YMCAs access—free of charge—to enhanced tools and services for strengthening Child Abuse Prevention efforts. These customized resources from Praesidium, an industry leader in creating safe environments for kids, can help YMCAs galvanize the culture, practices and behavior needed to prevent child sexual abuse. Read on to learn how these resources can assist your Y in doing even more to keep kids safe.

The Alliance Youth Development Committee has set an ambitious goal of 100% of our YMCAs participating in the Child Safety and Abuse Prevention Cohorts with Praesidium (click ‘Register to Know Your Score!’ and enter username: ymca; and password: 7233).  Be sure to follow next steps for selecting a cohort and designating a Y staff member to serve as a Praesidium Guardian.

Here is also a great tool for YMCAs to use for their annual Child Abuse Prevention Trainings and Certifications.    Note: this qualifies for two hours of continuing education for the LCDC on!loginPage.action


Help Prevent Child Abuse: Sign Up to Participate in Five Days of Action

Five Days of Action (April 22-26) is an awareness campaign held during Child Abuse Prevention month to help educate communities, improve internal operations and advance policy and environmental change to protect children from sexual abuse. YMCAs and other youth-serving organizations will amplify prevention messages on social media, host events to train parents and volunteers, and educate the community about keeping kids safe from sexual abuse.

Register your Y to participate and download the toolkit. volunteer 175 minutes of their time with the Y to help strengthen our communities. Learn more and register your Y!