Red Cross Partners with Douglas County Libraries to Train Youth in Lifesaving, Economic Skills


The American Red Cross is partnering with Douglas County Libraries to offer babysitting classes that can empower youth to care for children, know how to respond in an emergency and run their own babysitting business.

“This partnership is a perfect fit for our organizations and the residents of Douglas County,” said Jessica McDonald, Red Cross Preparedness, Health & Safety Service Delivery Manager. “We are excited to have convenient, community-based locations to teach teens skills that could help them launch their first job as well as potentially save a life; meanwhile, the library is excited to have a draw for 11- to 15-year-olds, who we hope come for the training and stay to explore and build a lasting relationship with their local library.”

The babysitter training will rotate among library branch locations in Douglas County, starting in Parker on Saturday, Jan. 19. Teens who complete the training receive Red Cross Babysitter Certification.

Media are welcome to attend the trainings; due to the age of participants, we request that media RSVP one day prior so that we can notify parents that photography/filming will occur.

Red Cross Babysitter Training

• 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 19– Douglas County Libraries in Parker (10851 S. Crossroads Dr.)

• 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 9 – Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree (8827 Lone Tree Parkway)

• 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23 – Douglas County Libraries in Parker (10851 S. Crossroads Dr.)

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

To sign up for a class or for more information visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class.

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 http://coloradoredcross.blogspot.com.