Community Education

At New Hope, our goal is to raise awareness throughout the community about the importance of preventing, recognizing and reporting child abuse. It takes all of us working together to prevent abuse. This is achieved through many of our programs offered to our community.

Our Community Programs

Stewards of Children™

Stewards of Children™ training is free of charge to our community. It is a child sexual abuse prevention curriculum that is evidenced-informed and focuses on educating adults, as ultimately it is our responsibility to keep children safe.  The material is presented in a way that is empowering and encouraging.  Stewards of Children™ can be presented at an in-person small group session, facilitator-led or virtual facilitator led. Darkness to Light provides trainings that are approved for accredited continuing education hours for different professionals, including educators, nurses, social workers, counselors, law enforcement and more.

Partners in Prevention

Once your organization’s staff and volunteers complete the Stewards of Children training, you are well on your way to becoming a Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention.

As a Partner, your organization will earn annual distinction for your commitment to child protection.  Once the application is approved, you will receive a Partner in Prevention emblem and poster for display at your facility, as  well as a digital badge for use on websites, newsletters and marketing materials.

Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to providing a safe environment for children: become a Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention. 

For more information or to schedule a training call Becky Rials at (865)981-2000 or email at brials@blountkids.org.

Community Outreach

We are available to set up a booth at local community fairs to talk about who we are and the services we provide.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

During April, we participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month, by offering different educational sessions, activities, and events. All of these are at no charge and we encourage community participation.

  • April 17, 2021: Heroes for Hope 5K and Fun Run
  • April 23, 2021: The Young Fables Benefit Concert
  • Pinwheel Gardens spring up throughout the county in April. If you’d like to participate email brials@blountkids.org.

Want to Participate?

Please contact our Prevention Coordinator, Becky Rials, if you’d like some more information about our outreach programs or to host a Stewards of Children™ training:

865-981-2000 | brials@blountkids.org