Tag Archives: Stewards of Children

$10K grant fuels fight against sexual abuse of children

Excerpt from The Newport Daily News The Newport County YMCA in Rhode Island is providing training for its staff and members of the community. “The image of a bogeyman driving a white van with no windows can be a reality, but in many cases, it’s someone that you know and trust who is doing this.” – Sara Meirowitz, Newport County YMCA development director “Statistics show that in the United States, one out of every 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse by the …

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Remembering Stewart Birbrower

Darkness to Light mourns the loss of Stewart Birbrower, well known as one of the finest minds in creative advertising, and a strong believer in the power of prevention education. Stew passed away on June 14 at the age of 78, and is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 55 years. In 2000-2001, Stew donated significant time and talent to write, produce, and direct the first Darkness to Light advertising commercials. These ads, “Faces” and “Swings,” went on to win gold and silver Telly Awards, …

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Big Ten schools use bowl revenues to support children

By Jessica Buterbaugh for Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the second consecutive year, Big Ten Conference officials have approved the equal distribution of what would have been Penn State’s share of football bowl game revenues to 2013-14 Big Ten member universities. The 12 schools, including Penn State, must distribute the funds to child-focused organizations in their local communities as they deem appropriate. Last year, Penn State worked with the Centre County United Way (CCUW) to determine where these funds were most needed. …

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“Grieve for that Child” – A community rallies against child sexual abuse

Source: Sean Kirst with Syracuse.com Administrators at the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center called Jennifer Nadler a few days ago. They asked if she could be at their East Genesee Street headquarters at 10 this morning, when they announce a historic collaboration to confront the sexual abuse of children in our community. At McMahon/Ryan, they’d heard of Nadler, 36. She is a survivor who chooses to speak out. This month, she gave two community presentations based on the same ideals as a new “Darkness to Light” …

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The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA: Strengthening the community through child sexual abuse prevention

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA strengthens the community in Orange County, North Carolina through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Serving more than 10,000 men, women, and children, regardless of age, income, or background, the Chapel Hill Y strives to nurture children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to deliver lasting change. THE CHALLENGE As an organization committed to child protection, the Chapel Hill Y learned about Darkness to Light after completing a risk audit. Several YMCA staffers attended a series of D2L workshops and returned home energized and excited to …

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Bivona Child Advocacy Center is changing lives in Rochester, NY

Bivona Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization located in Rochester, New York. Their mission is to coordinate and provide services to child victims of sexual or physical abuse and their families at a single welcoming facility. Bivona CAC is the only agency located in the Rochester area that provides these services, working with more than 1,500 children each year. In 2012, they collaborated with the YMCA of Greater Rochester and Darkness to Light to develop a county-wide initiative among Monroe schools and other …

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A college student’s perspective on child sexual abuse prevention

By Linda Daniel. A few months ago, I interviewed at Darkness to Light for a social media internship. During that time, I was focused on finding an internship, and little did I know this organization would change my perspective on life. As I read about its dedication to raising awareness of child sexual abuse and how to prevent it, I became immersed in the mission. When I joined the D2L family, I was required to take the award-winning Stewards of Children training. From there, my …

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A future mother’s perspective on child sexual abuse prevention

When I began working at Darkness to Light, I had very little knowledge of child sexual abuse as an issue. My background is in marketing, communication, and event planning. The extent of my applicable child knowledge centered around the fact that July 4th event goodies must be hidden from kids until the exact time they are to be handed out, or there will be mutiny on the pool deck. Despite this, I’ve always cared very much about children’s issues, and so I was very excited …

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Teen honored for his work with Stewards of Children

New Jersey – Kyle Bennison, a student at Hopewell Valley Central High School, is not your average 17-year-old. In recognition for his volunteer work with D2L’s Stewards of Children training, Bennison has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The Hopewell Valley YMCA nominated Bennison for national honors in the fall for …

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Candy Bates-Quinn: A true advocate for child sexual abuse prevention

Our hearts are heavy this week with news of the loss of Candice Bates-Quinn, a dedicated friend of Darkness to Light and its staff. Candy, a long-time administrator with the Charleston County School District, lost a valiant fight with cancer this week. She was truly one-of-a-kind: her passion for helping children in crisis knew no limits, and she was a dedicated advocate for D2L’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program. Her boundless energy for prevention was inspiring. She never missed an opportunity to …

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