One in ten children will be the victim of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. Yet despite this startling statistic, it’s a silent epidemic that too many of us are afraid to talk about. That’s why Valley of the Sun YMCA is starting conversations with community leaders, community members and youth serving organizations in efforts to prevent abuse—creating awareness and promoting vigilance that will help protect all of the children in our community.

Through generous donations we are partnering with Darkness 2 Light to offer the Stewards of Children® training throughout the community in the coming months. This is an evidence-informed training that influences community behavior change. Once certified in Stewards of Children®, adults will take action to protect the children in their lives. See below for upcoming trainings and register today!

Desert Foothills Family YMCA

Tuesday, November 5 • 5:30pm – 7:30pm
34250 N 60th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Register for the Training on Nov. 5


Ross Farnsworth – East Valley
Family YMCA

Wednesday, November 20 • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
1807 S Sunview, Mesa, AZ 85206
Register for the Training on Nov. 20


Flagstaff Family YMCA

Saturday, November 23 • 10:00am – 12:00pm
1001 N Turquoise Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Register for the Training on Nov. 23


Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA

Saturday, December 14 • 10:00am – 12:00pm
1030 E Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048
Register for the Training on Dec. 14

Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA

Saturday, November 16 • 9:00am – 11:00am
350 N 1st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Register for the Training on Nov. 16


Watts Family Maryvale YMCA

Thursday, November 21 • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
3825 N 67th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85033
Register for the Training on Nov. 21


Southwest Valley Family YMCA

Wednesday, December 4 • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
2919 N Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85395
Register for the Training on Dec. 4