Please consider joining some of our staff as we volunteer at this year’s Grand Rapids Pride Festival. We’ll be at the kid’s tent from 12-4pm, so stop by and say hi, or fill out the GR Pride Festival volunteer application and join us! Hope to see you there, supporting the LGBTQ community.
Click here to learn more about the Grand Rapids Pride Center.
Darkness to Light Sessions
**Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is designed for organizations and individuals that serve children and youth and for other individuals that care about the well-being of children. Sessions are $12 and include an interactive workbook and certificate of completion. Sessions typically last 2 hours. To pre-register, click on the date of the session you would like to attend.
Upcoming 2017 D2L sessions:
*All D2L sessions are held at the Children’s Assessment Center unless hosted privately
“I think this training is vital to make teachers, social workers, supervisors, and anyone that works in close proximity with children, able to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.” – Anonymous
“This should be a training for all teachers and any professional working with children on a consistent basis.” – Anonymous
“I would highly recommend this training for teaching staff because they are the ones who are interacting with children on a regular basis.” – Anonymous
“I think this topic needs to be communicated to our teachers, social workers, health care workers, and those working in ministry or anyone working with young children.” – Anonymous
“So grateful to have to opportunity for such a training! I think a training like D2L is essential for any parent/adult who interacts with today’s youth. The tools I gained from today’s training have empowered me to critically think about situations in which my children and/or I are placed and have given me tools to use for open and frank discussions (that are kept far too taboo). It also gave me food-for-thought regarding my accountability if ever found in a one-on-one situation with a child that is not mine.” – Cate, Nurse & Mother
“I am so grateful to the CAC for providing this Darkness To Light training to me. Our children’s safety and well-being is one of our community’s highest priorities, yet sexual abuse happens to 1 in 10 children under age 18. All of us have the ability to save a child from a potential predator, but we first have to be educated. I highly recommend this training to any adult who works with children, or to any concerned citizen, so that more of us can be equipped to recognize and react appropriately to signs of child sexual abuse.” – Anna, Teacher & Mother
“I thought the presentation was great. I came because it is information I need to be aware of in my profession. The next day I was telling so many of my co-workers what we learned and asking my boss if we can have a staff meeting to discuss all of it! It was hard information to listen to but very well presented. Thank you for all the effort you put into the program!” -Rachel, Teacher & Coach
“I loved the training. I was a bit overwhelmed by it (but I get overwhelmed easily), but I’m so grateful to have been able to attend. I had no idea such a training program existed! I learned necessary tools to help protect my children, and it gave me awareness of tools that are available to the schools. I ended up emailing my daughters future elementary school to see if they have this training. In addition, I learned some really great “verbiage” to use with my children to keep them safe from sexual abuse. We already put some of this new language to use in our home. It’s comforting to know we have these extra safe guards in place. I’m also grateful to have learned how to be “safe” around other children and how other adults should be safe around my kids. These were things that never crossed my radar.” -Amanda, Mother