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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: The mission of Safe Sitter is to provide life skills, safety skills, and child care training to all youth in order to build safer communities.

Programs: Safe Sitter equips young teens in grades 6-8 with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to be safe when home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Each year almost 35,000 young teens take a Safe Sitter course to learn first aid, rescue skills, behavior management techniques, and life skills necessary for handling medical, behavioral, or household emergencies. There have been over 175 documented cases of lives saved by Safe Sitter graduates using their knowledge and skills. Nearly 900 community-minded organizations across the country have become Registered Safe Sitter Teaching Sites, and all sites utilize only Safe Sitter trained Instructors for student instruction thus ensuring high quality and compliance with teaching methodologies. There are over 4,000 Safe Sitter Instructors.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a registered nurse. I am also AHA certified and have been a safe-sitter instructor for over 10 years. Safe sitter offers so much practical advice for our youth! I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching students how to "stay safe, stay calm and provide comfort". Students learn behavior management tips, how to screen an employer, how to preform basis first aid, how to decide if they can handle a problem or if they need to contact a back up adult or call 911. We also teach life saving skill such as, how to preform the choking maneuver and CPR on both infants and children. It is such a wonderful experience to empower students! To watch them demonstrate the skills they have learned on a manikin and to see the confidence in their faces when asked "do you think you could do this in real life"? Safe-sitter is a must, not only for future babysitters, but also if your child is old enough to stay at home alone.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been teaching Safe-Sitter at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio for about five years.
I work in the Lab and I also have my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Safe sitter does a great job of teaching young people how to care for young children using methods that are developmentally appropriate. It teaches them how to be responsible for themselves and the children they care for. It is an excellent way to help these young people be more self reliant and confident that they can handle any situation that may arise. They learn how to keep themselves and those they care for safe. And they have fun doing it!
It is wonderful to see how their confidence grows in the short time we are together. They
are empowered simply by having all the information they need at their finger tips. When
they have completed the class they know what they can handle themselves, when they
need some adult assistance, and when they need professional help from 911. This program
definitely has the potential to SAVE LIVES and enrich them. I am proud to be part of the Safe Sitter program.
Valerie Davis

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Offering Safe Sitter class to the youth in your community is a great way to promote independent thinking, build self esteem, teach valuable life skills and have a lot of fun with this age group! The curriculum is easy to follow and lends itself to important discussions. Getting down on the floor with these kids for roll playing, diaper changing instruction, playing games, or learning first aid techniques is just a wonderful way to interact and get this information across to them. I highly recommend this course to both instructors and parents. I wish I had taken this course before I had begun my babysitting journey.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've taught the SafeSitter class for 3 years now and it is FANTASTIC. There are interactive games to play with the students, the SafeSitter student handbook is colorful and well organized, and the overall class is very engaging. I've taught other babysitting courses where students watched several hours of video and it was all I could do to keep them awake. As a health educator, I've written and presented many public health programs and SafeSitter meets all of the best practices I use as an educator.

I've also been very impressed with the customer service from SafeSitter and if I have an issue or any questions they have always responded within 24 hours (most of the time within 12 hours). The staff is knowledgeable and the marketing support for the program is great. Thank you SafeSitter! I'm excited for another year of teaching and to try out the updated curriculum!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an educator with a Fire Department. One of our programs we present is Safe Sitters. What a fantastic program which evolves and changes with the times - the up to date information the students receive is a focus which I appreciate.
How the students are educated with repetition, role playing, and reading out loud shows how knowledgable the program creators are in how to teach and have students retain. The train the trainer videos are complete and I generally do not have questions, when I do, I can easily find answers on the Safe Sitters website.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an instructor in the Safe Sitter program since around 1998. It has been a most enjoyable and rewarding expereince. We have served adolescents ages 11 - 13 in our community every summer for over 20 years--even before I joined our community hospital. Young people at this age are very inquisitive and, for the most part, eager to learn. The content of the course is very good information to have at this time in their lives. Actually, it's good information for anyone to have. As the Safe Sitter motto says--"Better Sitters Today, Better Parents Tomorrow."

1 Roy_8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is with pleasure and honor that I recommend Safe Sitter for the “Great Non-profits”. It has been a great experience working with Safe Sitter Inc. We are a Volunteer Fire Department and wanted to add Safe Sitter to our Injury Prevention Programs. We contacted Safe Sitter and they were an excellent resource in helping us get out program up and running. We were able to get our staff certified to teach the program at our pace with a lot of assistance from Safe Sitter Inc. We have taught a couple of classes in our local area and the participants have had grave reviews about the program. One of the best reviews I heard was when asked what you would change about the program, the answer given was “Nothing it was perfect the way it is”. On behalf of the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department Inc. I would like to say thank you to Safe Sitter Inc. and would highly recommend them for the “Great Non-Profits”.

Roy L. Hunter
Assistant EMS Chief
Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department Inc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We use SafeSitter to teach our community babysitting class and we're very impressed with the content and layout of their curriculum. It's fun, colorful, interactive, and the kids are really engaged in the learning.

They've also made ordering additional materials, submitting rosters, and accessing the online instructor materials very easy and convenient. The customer service is amazing and any issues or questions I have are usually resolved within the day (if not in a few hours)!

Barbara175

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Safe Sitter for over 20 years as the coordinator of a Safe Sitter site. The program is well designed to engage children's interest and attention for the training. The evaluations of the kids are enthusiastic and they are excited about learning how to take care of children. We now have former Safe Sitters teaching as volunteers. The organization is responsive and professional. They provide comprehensive training and support to their sites, reaching out to organizations to spread the word and teach as many students as possible. It's a valuable service to every community to help students become responsible sitters (and future parents!)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Sitter is an excellent program for boys or girls to attend. Even if they never baby sit all the material presented is medically accurate and they are learning life skills. The skills learned are important in every aspect of life from learning how to make positive first impression to how how to call 911 and preform CPR and clear the airway of a choking child. I recommend this program to every one I meet with children as soon as they reach the required age.