baby-sitting can be a great way to help a young teen handle more
responsibility and develop confidence provided they have the right skills.
Does your young
teen feel ready to stay home alone, watch siblings while you go out or
baby-sit for other children? If the answer to any of these is no, then maybe
it’s time for Safe Sitter training.
Safe Sitter is a
program for teens in grades 6-8 to learn life-saving skills so they'll be
safe when they're at home alone or when they're watching younger children.
During the program,
participants enjoy fun activities, make new friends and learn how to use
Safe Sitter skills that include indoor, outdoor, online and personal safety,
and child care skills including how to manage a younger child’s routines,
change diapers and behavior management. First aid, injury prevention and
choking rescue are also key components of the course as well as what to do
if there’s a weather emergency.
In addition, Safe
Sitter teaches young teens life and business skills so that they know how to
be prepared, be responsible, and be considerate whether they’re baby-sitting
or doing odd jobs for family, friends or neighbors.
Safe Sitter will be
held in the Community Room at the Duneland YMCA on Saturday, September 9,
from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants need to bring a sack lunch. The cost
to participate is $70 per child; scholarships are available. Register at the
Y Welcome Center.
Space is limited;
pre-registration is required.
YMCA is located at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton.
The Duneland Y has
been serving the Duneland Communities for more than 50 years focusing on
youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is a United
Way of Porter County Partner Agency.