At Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, our business is helping girls thrive as they grow. Keeping kids safe is a huge part of thriving. We know that kids today face more and different challenges to their safety than was the case when many of us were growing up.
We are proud at Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona to have answered the call to action on how to prevent, recognize and react to the epidemic of child abuse. We seek to inspire all our Girl Scout adults to be Stewards of Children.
Did you know that 1 in 10 children will be victims of sexual abuse before they turn 18? The financial, social and economic costs are incalculable, not just for the child and their family, but for society as a whole. It is a public health issue that needs focused efforts on educating adults about child safety. It is unrealistic to think that a young child can take responsibility for fending off sexual advances by an adult. Adults are the ones who need to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Yet, the statistics clearly show that adults aren’t shouldering this responsibility. We believe that adults want to, they just don’t know how.
Stewards of Children is a two-hour training for adults that focusses on these 5 simple skills:
The training is available in person or online, in both English and Spanish. If you’d like to learn more please visit Darkness to Light for a wealth of resources including a new app that puts information and skills at your fingertips.
Timalee is Chief of Staff at the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. It is because of her connection to amazing women who helped her find the courage to stand in truth, to tell her truth and to heal her truth that she learned to live more authentically. At Girl Scouts she has a passion for lifting up women of all ages. Timalee is also a Darkness to Light Certified Instructor and an Authorized Stewards of Children Facilitator.
If you have any questions regarding this blog post or would like to schedule an in-person Stewards of Children workshop for a group of any size, please contact Timalee at firstname.lastname@example.org