Welcome to the Hopewell Valley YMCA
Mission Statement: The Hopewell Valley YMCA is a charitable organization dedicated to building a healthy spirit, mind, and body through programs which promote good health, strong families, youth leadership, and community development. YMCA's are open to men, women, and children of all ages, abilities, races, and religions.
The Hopewell Valley YMCA is proud to serve Hopewell, Hopewell Valley, Pennington, and Titusville in New Jersey. We are a "Y without walls" meaning we operated in many different rented locations through out the area. Our main administrative offices are located at 62 South Main Street in Pennington, NJ. Our administrative staff is based here, and we accept program registrations at this location.
YMCAs Launch Statewide Community Initiative to
Protect Children From Sexual Abuse
Program Features Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum
Workshops and Free Online Training
Pennington, NJ, October 23, 2013 – YMCAs in New Jersey have a vision of a world free of child sexual abuse. A world in which all children are loved, protected, nurtured and able to grow up healthy. According to experts, one in 10 children - or 400,000 each year - will experience child sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. To educate adults in the community how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, including the Hopewell Valley YMCA have joined forces with Darkness to Light, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and creators of the award-winning Stewards of Children™ child sexual abuse prevention curriculum.
Through the initiative, the Hopewell Valley YMCA is offering Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to adults in the community. In-person, facilitator led trainings are open to the public and can be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, school districts, faith centers and non-profits. Local businesses, large or small, are encouraged to participate. Free online training is available for New Jersey residents from October 23, 2013 through April 23, 2014. Continuing education credits for professionals in various fields can be obtained through this training. “As Social Responsibility is one of the Y’s key areas of focus, we are committed to developing community-based solutions that unite people to participate in and work for positive social change,” said Doug Pszczolkowski, CEO of the Hopewell Valley YMCA. “By partnering with Darkness to Light, we will educate and empower adults to become agents of change to protect children from sexual abuse.”
The evidence-based program is designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. Darkness to Light training covers a 5-step action plan: learn the facts (1 in 10 children are sexually abused. Over 90% know their abuser); minimize opportunity (eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations to decrease risk for abuse); talk about it (have open conversations with children about our bodies, sex and boundaries); recognize the signs (know the signs of abuse to protect children from further harm); and react responsibly (understand how to respond to suspicions or reports of sexual abuse).
“Child sexual abuse is a silent epidemic that crosses every socioeconomic boundary and does not discriminate,” said Doug Pszczolkowski. “We, as adults, need to take responsibility and protect children in our community. By offering Stewards of Children training, the Y hopes to empower and mobilize adults to take action and prevent child sexual abuse.” To date, the Hopewell Valley YMCA’s 3 trained facilitators and instructors have already educated 116 people.”
As research has shown that 5% is the critical point for positive change in the community, the NJ YMCA State Alliance has a goal of training 83,000 adults by 2017. The Ys will work with local community partners including schools, volunteer groups and local government to meet their goal and help facilitate change.
“The YMCA and New Jersey YMCA State Alliance continue to be incredible partners in the fight against child sexual abuse. Their commitment to protect children in YMCA programs, facilities and in the community should serve as an inspiration to all youth serving organizations across the country,” said Jolie Logan, President and CEO of Darkness to Light.
About Child Sexual Abuse
Crime and behavioral studies have long cited child sexual abuse for its devastating impact on society. Statistics are startling:
· Experts estimate one in 10 children are sexually abused.
· Over 90% of child victims are abused by someone they know and trust.
· 73% of children do not tell anyone for at least one year. Many never tell, making this a silent epidemic that can result in lifelong consequences.
· Child sexual abuse is linked to a host of societal issues including teen pregnancy, depression, anxiety and suicide.
· Victims are three times more likely to have substance abuse issues, two times more likely to drop out of school, and are at greater risk for physical illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other serious medical conditions.
· In the U.S., alone, there are an estimated 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
· Child sexual abuse ranks second to murder as the most expensive victim crime in the U.S., where immediate and long-term costs exceed $35 billion annually.
“We can make a difference step by step, and these steps add up to happier, healthier children and stronger communities,” says Pszczolkowski. For more information and to learn about Stewards of Children workshops or online training sessions, contact Doug Pszczolkowski at (609)737-3048 or email@example.com. Please join the Hopewell Valley YMCA to help end child sexual abuse.About Darkness to Light (D2L)Darkness to Light (D2L) has championed the movement to end child sexual abuse (CSA) since its founding in 2000. With affiliates in all 50 U.S. states and 16 additional countries, D2L provides individuals, organizations, and communities with the tools to protect children from sexual abuse. To date, the D2L network of 6,000 authorized facilitators has trained over 500,000 parents, youth serving professionals, and organization volunteers in D2L’s award-winning Stewards of Children™ child sexual abuse prevention program. For more information, please visit www.D2L.org/Stewards.
The service involves an assessment by a licensed physical therapist and includes pre-season or post-injury evaluation. Pre-season assessments are best performed one month before participation in an activity, while post-injury assessments are performed at any time.
More information can be found on Hopewell Physical Therapy’s website, www.hopewellphysicaltherapy.com, or by calling (609) 737-8130.
Services are by appointment only and provided at 800 Denow Road, Suite U.
For those participants who register for the after-school program (ASP) with all forms and fees by the due dates, coupons in an amount equivalent to the number of days of ASP, for SCOPE days will be provided. For example: if a child is enrolled for 5 days of ASP, that child will receive coupons for 5 SCOPE Days; kids enrolled for 4 days will receive 4 SCOPE Day coupons, etc. Coupons will cover general tuition for SCOPE Days (additional fees may be charged to cover "Admission Prices" of Field Trips). Coupons will be provided in mid-September to those families who have met all of the registration criteria:
2. Tuition for September must be received at the YMCA office no later than September 4th, 2013.
3. All paperwork, including emergency contact information, medical forms, permission slips must be received at the YMCA office no later than September 4th, 2013.
Safety Town Volunteers
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SAFETY TOWN
July 22 to July 26; HopewellElementary School
Attention Middle School and High School students! The Safety Town program is in need of volunteers to be a buddy for the week to upcoming Kindergarten students. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 am to 11:30am Monday,July 22nd thru Friday, July 26th. For more information about Safety Town please click here. Any questions please contact the YMCA.
Healthy Tips for Healthy Families
For many of us, life can be busy and stressful. While not an entirely bad thing, a busy schedule can cause us to lose sight of the importance of staying healthy. Fortunately, there are relatively easy ways to improve ones health by making small changes to our daily routines. The following are a number of simple and effective ways to live a healthier life.
1. Use water as a substitute for sugary drinks
Many of us rely on soda and sugar filled drinks to quench our thirst, but the truth is that these beverages provide a great deal of calories with very little real nutritional value. Have water, 100 percent juice or low fat milk the next time you find yourself getting thirsty. By making the switch to these healthier alternatives, you will not only be better hydrated but your energy levels will be less sporadic and you won't find yourself getting tired at peculiar times during the day. You'll be amazed by how much better you feel by making this change!
2. Read the label
You might be surprised how small a serving size of potato chips really is. Many of us underestimate the levels of saturated fat and sodium we consume because we don't read the labels on our favorite snacks. Rather than eating your favorite snack right out of the bag, consider pouring a serving size into a bowl and making the effort not to go back for seconds. This practice will allow you to become more conscious of how much you are eating and reduce the risk of snacking too heavily.
3. Get an hour of play a day
This tends to be easier for kids to do than adults, but there is no reason why everyone can't live a more active lifestyle. For adults, this might mean choosing a parking spot that is farther away or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Instead of simply letting the dog out, why not grab the leash and go for walk? Not only is it better for you, but your dog will appreciate the exercise too.
4. Carve out some time each week to spend with your family
Spending regular quality time together can improve the whole families health, and it can strengthen important bonds. Make the extra effort to eat dinner as a family or if the weather is nice, make a trip to one of the many wooded trails in the area and hike together.
5. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night
Nothing beats a good nights sleep. Sleep is known to improve the immune system, promote an active metabolism and help with learning and other brain functions. Sleep can also play a role in heart disease prevention. Being more active during the day can also allow your body to get a deeper more restful sleep at night.