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National Exchange Club Program
National Exchange Clubs, already focused on serving the community and committed to the prevention of child abuse, are an ideal partner to further the movement to end CSA. We are proud to call the National Exchange Club a partner and look forward to working with Exchangites all over the country!
Prevention begins by creating awareness of the prevalence and impact CSA has on a community. The critical next step is to educate adults how to prevent it from happening. Stewards of Children is D2L's prevention and response training program and is typically taught to staff and volunteers of organizations that serve youth, such as schools, faith centers, and sports programs, as well as parents and caregivers. Evidence proves that our children are better protected when the adults in their lives know how to prevent CSA, how to recognize the signs, and how to respond appropriately if abuse is disclosed.
D2L is proud of the collaboration with National Exchange Club and offers the following ideas for how your club can help increase awareness and education in your own communities.
Step 1: Discovery
Determine if anyone in your community is providing D2L’s child sexual abuse programs. You can check our directory of authorized providers (we call them Facilitators) as a starting point. If your community has a Facilitator, find out what kind of progress has been made in the area of prevention. These questions may help you consider your potential role in a community initiative.
Step 2: Take the Training
Stewards of Children is taught in a group setting by D2L Authorized Facilitators and is also available online for individual use.
Step 3: Determine How the Club Can Promote Prevention Training
Provide a Facilitator
Having a Facilitator in your community is one of the first steps in a prevention effort.
Partner in Prevention Distinction
Encourage organizations to qualify for the D2L Partner in Prevention distinction. This distinction requires training of staff and volunteers, implementation of a child protection policy, and background screening of staff and volunteers. A "window cling" with the Partner in Prevention emblem is provided for organizations to display at their place of business. (Similar to Better Business Bureau, Five Star, Zagat’s, etc.) Your club could create a campaign to encourage youth serving organizations to qualify and also to make parents aware of this distinction as they evaluate places/programs for their children.
Attend Prevent Now!
Send a club member or a Facilitator to a D2L Prevent Now! Workshop. This workshop teaches people how to create a strategy for a community prevention initiative, conduct community awareness meetings, build a coalition, and funding strategies. Ideally an organization has committed a full time Prevention Specialist and is willing to take a lead role to drive a community initiative. There is nominal fee of $100 to attend a Prevent Now! Workshop. The attendee is responsible for their travel expense. Learn more about Prevent Now! here.
Your club can help drive prevention in your community by providing or raising funds.
If your club currently awards grants to youth serving organizations, consider implementing a Funder’s Strategy which requires that in order for a youth serving organization to qualify/receive grant funds from your club, they must commit to training the staff and volunteers who work with youth in Stewards of Children.
Fund a Prevention Specialist
There may be an organization in your community, a Child Advocacy Center for example, that would like to organize a prevention initiative but does not have the funds to dedicate a staff person either full or part time to the effort.
Create a fund for a specific audience or demographic to be trained. For example, provide funding to train the staff at an after school program or the teachers of a particular school. The cost of training varies depending on a number of factors but typically is $10 – $25 per person.
Create Awareness/Get People Involved
Help create awareness about the issue in your community – once people understand the problem they are more inspired to be part of the solution.
Work with Darkness to Light to co-brand a brochure about prevention and distribute brochures to parents, youth serving organizations, pediatricians, churches, etc.
Secure Time for Public Service Announcements/Ads
D2L has broadcast quality public service announcements and print advertisements. The PSA’s/Ads are intended to raise awareness about the issue of child sexual abuse and inspire people to take action – get trained.
Join an Existing Coalition
If a prevention initiative is underway in your community and a coalition exists, volunteer a club member(s) to hold a seat on the coalition.