St. John Ambulance believes that all children should have equal opportunities when it comes to keeping themselves and others safe in an emergency–even those children whose families cannot afford to pay for babysitting training. In order to ensure that all children are adequately prepared for any dangerous situations that they may encounter while babysitting, St. John Ambulance created the Sponsor a Sitter Initiative.
The Sponsor a Sitter Initiative offers a subsidy that allows economically-disadvantaged youth aged 11 and up to take the St. John babysitter course, What Every Babysitter Should Know.
The babysitting course teachers participants basic lessons regarding the proper care of infants and children, how to prevent injuries, hazardous product symbols, and what to do in emergencies such a fire, a prowler, a gas leak, a power failure, or a storm. Moreover, the course teaches young people the First Aid lessons and techniques for choking and CPR, among others. Please call your local centre for course dates and times.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of community partners such as Superstore, Wal-Mart, Safety Works Alberta, Beneficent, The Canadian Hand to Heart Foundation, and the United Way, each participant will also receive a special babysitting kit that will help them successfully begin their babysitting careers.
The sponsored course in Lethbridge will take place on July 16 and August 20. Contact the St. John Ambulance centre at 402-327-2847 to register or visit us at http://www.sja.ca/Alberta/Pages/default.aspx for public What Every Babysitter Should Know course dates.