As local teens get ready for summer, the American Red Cross is offering the perfect opportunity for them to gain training that can help them earn money and launch what is often their first job.
The Red Cross is offering Babysitter’s Training in numerous Colorado communities to help provide local kids between the ages of 11 and 15 with the knowledge and skills they need to care for young children.
“Summer is the perfect time to take our Babysitter’s Training,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the Red Cross Mile High Region. “It not only gives kids something to do during the long days of summer break, but more importantly, it prepares them to be good leaders, role models and budding entrepreneurs.”
The babysitter course teaches young people how to care for infants and children, handle emergencies such as injuries and accidents, stay safe, recognize safety and hygiene issues, and communicate with parents. It also provides materials to help them begin their babysitting career.
Training cities and locations include:
• Colorado Springs – May 18, June 8, June 28, July 13
• Fort Collins – May 18, May 25, June 22, July 6
• Grand Junction – June 8, July 13
• Denver – May 30, June 1, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 13, July 17, July 26, July 31
• Broomfield – May 11, May 18, June 6, June 20, June 29, July 6, July 27
• Centennial – June 11, June 18, July 10
• Littleton – June 7, June 17, July 20
• Lone Tree – June 8
• Parker – May 25, July 27
• Stapleton – May 11, June 22, July 6
For a full calendar of classes and locations, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class.
Taking the class could provide teens with a competitive advantage: According to a 2012 Red Cross poll, parents want to entrust their children to babysitters trained in first aid, CPR and childcare skills, and more than 80 percent of parents believe that teenaged babysitters should be paid more if they have these skills.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.