Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children™

Adult Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program developed by Darkness to Light, that is being offered by New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center. This is a free 2-hour training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals, over 18, that are concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. Research findings from independent evaluators are available on

We are striving to educate 5%  of the Blount County population in child sexual abuse prevention. Evidence suggests that once 5% of a population has a change in behavior, the momentum for change becomes unstoppable. Help us to continue our endeavor to educate Blount County adults by attending one of our community education sessions or hosting a private training.

2019 Community Education Sessions – FREE and Open to the Public

Monday, April 8, 2019 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Pellissippi State CC, Maryville Campus

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
First Baptist Church, Maryville

Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Alcoa Elementary School

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Faith Promise Church

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1:30PM to 3:30PM
Blount County Public Library
***In Spanish Only***

Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM
New Providence Presbyterian Church

For more information, to register, or to schedule a private Stewards of Children training please contact Becky Rials via e-mail at, or call her at 981-2000.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

New Hope is honoring the month of April with many wonderful programs and events. We hope you will join us! RSVP to

“Human Trafficking in East Tennessee”
April 1, 2019     6:00 pm—7:00 pm
Lawson Auditorium, Maryville College
Guest speakers:
Natalie Ivey, Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking
& Special Agent, Jama Walker, TBI

Navigating the Digital World
April 11, 2019     9:00 am—11:00 am
Artistic Bean, Townsend
Guest Speaker: Samantha Hicks from Street Hope TN

The Young Fables
April 20, 2019     8:00 pm—10:00 pm
Barley’s Maryville
$5 Cover Charge
***Sponsored by Jackie Mills***

Coffee Talk “Digital Natives, Digital Safety”
April 23, 2019 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Vienna Coffee House, Maryville
Join New Hope and Maryville High School SRO Barnhart to talk about Digital Safety.
Do you have questions you would like SRO Barnhart to answer? Submit them to by April 12.

Stop by our booth at the Kite Festival at Pearson Springs Park on
April 14th, 10:00AM- 4:30PM
Rain Date: April 28th

Children’s Art Shows for April

Maryville High School Art Class
Vienna Coffee House, Maryville

Alcoa Intermediate School Art Class
Blount County Library

Montvale Elementary School Art Class
Artistic Bean, Maryville

Townsend Elementary Art Class
Artistic Bean, Townsend

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