Child Care

Stewards of Children

One in 10 children are sexually abused before they turn 18. Most never report it.

Protecting children is our highest priority. That's why the YMCA of Greater Syracuse and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center are co-leading the Central New York Darkness to Light Collaboration. We want to empower every local adult to prevent child sexual abuse.

The Stewards of Children program, designed by the national nonprofit Darkness to Light, teaches adults how to recognize the danger signs and to respond responsibly.

Our collaboration plans to train 18,000 adults in Central New York by 2020. Won't you join us? As of April 29, 2014, we've already trained more than 1,100.

Help end child sexual abuse in CNY

Anyone who suspects that a child is being abused should immediately call the Child Abuse Hotline at

To join the movement to prevent child sexual abuse in Central New York, please:

  • Take the Stewards of Children training, either through the Y (information at right) or at one of the open courses offered through McMahon Ryan.
  • Encourage your child's school, youth group, sports team, or other club to commit to training adults in their organization
  • Encourage your employer to offer the training as an employee benefit. Training sessions can be held at work sites.

Employers, organizations or individuals ready to learn more about the movement to prevent child sexual abuse in Central New York should contact Janice Timmons, Prevention Education and Outreach Specialist at McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, at 315-701-2985 or by e-mail.