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Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs Team up to Train Babysitters

Babysitting courses offered in Fort Collins Colorado
Babysitting is a great opportunity to hone leadership and entrepreneurship skills as well as to earn some income. --Erin Mounsey, Executive Director of the Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter.

Thanks to a partnership between the American Red Cross and Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, local youth are receiving free training in skills that could both help them land their first job and save a life.

The American Red Cross is providing free Babysitter’s Training to dozens of Northern Colorado teens at the Fort Collins and Loveland Boys & Girls Clubs this summer. The course not only trains youth in essential caretaking and lifesaving skills; it also opens doors to economic opportunity by teaching teens business savvy and providing them with certification for what is often their first job.

“Many teens’ first job is as a babysitter. Babysitting is a great opportunity to hone leadership and entrepreneurship skills as well as to earn some income, and having a Red Cross certification provides both essential on-the-job skills and a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said Erin Mounsey, Executive Director of the Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter.

The free trainings are made possible by a grant from a donor that wishes to remain anonymous. Each participant is receiving an $85 scholarship to cover the cost of the trainings.

“This training will be such a benefit to our Club teens, and we’re glad we can make the space available to other teens in the community as well,” said Kathi Wright, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

“We are extremely grateful to an anonymous donor for making this opportunity possible – this free babysitter’s training supports not only local kids’ education and economic opportunities, but also enhances the preparedness level of our community by training youth in lifesaving skills,” Mounsey said.

About the Babysitting Training

Youth ages 11 to 15 years old can gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for infants and school-age children. The purpose is to provide teenagers with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. This training will help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism; safety and safe play; and first aid. Combining video, activities, hands-on skills training and discussion, you get a complete learning experience and a certification card to show your clients. Topics include:

  • Respond to emergencies and illnesses with first aid, rescue breathing and other appropriate care
  • Make decisions under pressure
  • Communicate with parents to learn household rules
  • Recognize safety and hygiene issues
  • Manage young children
  • Feed, diaper and care for infants