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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Program will Teach Douglas County Teens Skills to Save Lives, Earn Money

The American Red Cross is partnering with Douglas County Libraries to offer babysitting classes that can empower youth to care for children, know how to respond in an emergency and run their own babysitting business.

“This partnership is a perfect fit for our organizations and the residents of Douglas County,” said Jessica McDonald, Red Cross Preparedness, Health & Safety Service Delivery Manager. “We are excited to have convenient, community-based locations to teach teens skills that could help them launch their first job as well as potentially save a life; meanwhile, the library is excited to have a draw for 11- to 15-year-olds, who we hope come for the training and stay to explore and build a lasting relationship with their local library.”

Upcoming trainings to choose from include:
  • 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 19 – Douglas County Libraries in Parker (10851 S. Crossroads Dr.)
  • 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 9 – Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree (8827 Lone Tree Parkway)
  • 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 – Douglas County Libraries in Parker (10851 S. Crossroads Dr.)
About the Training
If you're 11 to 15 years old, you can gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for infants and school-age children. The purpose is to provide teenagers with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. This training will help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism; safety and safe play; and first aid. Combining video, activities, hands-on skills training and discussion, you get a complete learning experience and a certification card to show your clients. Topics include:
  • Respond to emergencies and illnesses with first aid, rescue breathing and other appropriate care
  • Make decisions under pressure
  • Communicate with parents to learn household rules
  • Recognize safety and hygiene issues
  • Manage young children
  • Feed, diaper and care for infants
To sign up for a class or for more information visit http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/babysitting-caregiving.

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