Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Eagan YMCA.
Recognizing the benefits of training youth about the responsibilities of babysitting, the YMCA in Eagan will offer Safe Sitter Classes throughout 2013. Open to community, the one day class challenges youth, from ages eleven to fourteen, to take charge when faced with safety or medical situations by learning about life-saving techniques as well as improving personal safety and behavior management. Participants will receive an official certification at the end of the course and will be prepared to face challenges that may arise at a moment’s notice.
“It’s a great way to teach important lifesaving skills and behavioral techniques in a fun, encouraging atmosphere,” said Karen Roberts, Eagan YMCA Senior Kid Stuff Coordinator. “The skills that they learn are extremely valuable as they can use them whether they are babysitting or around their own siblings.”
The Safe Sitter Program was created by Dr. Patricia Keener, an Indianapolis pediatrician, who recognized the vulnerability of young children when cared for by unprepared providers. Safe Sitter fills the gap in youth caregivers by teaching indispensable techniques.
“There’s no doubt that today’s babysitters have increased responsibility,” said Safe Sitter Executive Director Sally Herrolz. “Because of that, Safe Sitter was designed to be a well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis. It’s babysitting, but so much more!”
Upcoming classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 12 and again on Saturday March 16, 2013. The cost is $55 per participant and is open to both members and non-members. Register at Eagan YMCA’s member service desk or online; pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Karen Roberts at 651-683-4717 or email@example.com.