Certifications and Training

Senior AARP Smart Driver Course

The Hopewell Valley YMCA will be hosting the AARP Smart Driver course.The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom refresher course designed especially for drivers 50 and older. Participants learn defensive techniques, new traffic laws, and rules of the road. Through interacting with one another, they find out how to safely adjust their driving to compensate for age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. Graduates receive a certificate of completion that entitles them to a reduction in their auto insurance premiums in NJ. Participants must attend both days to complete course. AARP & YMCA membership is not required. Open to drivers of all ages.

With the help of gracious hosts like us, the Hopewell Valley Township has been able to offer safe driving education to more than 18 million people in our 40 years of service.  We would like to inform you that beginning July 1, 2020, we will be increasing the price of the AARP Smart Driver classroom course to $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members.


AARP Smart Driver course Current Classroom Price Classroom Price after 7/1/2020
AARP Member $15 $20
Non-Member $20 $25


The reason for the July 1, 2020 date is to give our volunteers and Host locations ample time to help prepare for this, including replacing promotional materials, or updating any printed publications, signage, web pages or other advertisements.  If you have any questions, please contact KyleRakow@aarp.org.  Everyone benefits when our roads are safer. In addition, participants of the course may qualify for a discount on their auto insurance, which is an appreciated savings opportunity.



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…

Future Dates TBD

Child Safety Brochure (PDF)



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.

Future Dates TBD