We believe that safety education is an important part of building a healthy community.

With the Hopewell Valley YMCA, you can gain the training and certifications you need to recognize and react in any emergency situation.  Some of the certifications and training we provide are Darkness to Light Training, Babysitting Course, CPR Training, First Aid Training, Mental Health First Aid, and Senior Safety Driving Course. We will announce upcoming dates soon.

Certifications and Training

American Red Cross Babysitting Course

To provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave, and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. The recommended age for this course is 11-15 years old and each session is limited to eight participants.  The course is hosted by the Pennington First Aid Squad.

Future Dates TBD


Darkness to Light

Hopewell Valley YMCA offers the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training to protect children. The only nationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors, this training teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Did you know the research shows:

  • 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before she turns 18.
  • 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before he turns 18.
  • There are 39 million survivors of sexual abuse in America.
  • More than 90% of abusers are people children know, love or trust.
  • More than 60% of pregnant teens have been sexually abused.
  • 20% of sexual abuse victims are under the age of 8.
  • Most will never tell…

Dates: January 19th, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Time: $10
Location: Pennington First Aid Squad


Child Safety Brochure (PDF)



Heartsaver CPR is an instructor led course that teaches adult and child CPR. This American Heart Association course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR to meet job, regulatory or other requirements. Books and materials are included in this class.

Dates: February 12, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Time: $60
Location: Pennington First Aid Squad



First Aid Training

You can approach life’s accidents – big and small – with confidence and calm when you take our First Aid certification class. From burns and scrapes to illness and injury, this hands-on class will prepare you to handle any emergency.

Dates: February 13, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Time: $60
Location: Pennington First Aid Squad



Mental Health First Aid

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage – it’s YOU! You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Learn how to help with training in Mental Health First Aid in collaboration with the Pennington First Aid Squad.

Dates: TBD