In the United States, almost three children die each day from child abuse and neglect. Almost 82 percent of these children are younger than 5; 42 percent are younger than 12 months.
(National Children's Alliance)
The Light a Child's Life program supports a wide variety of education and prevention opportunities for children, adolescents, families, schools and adult groups. The classes and programs are listed below. All are free of charge.
To register for active parenting classes, children's classes, conflict resolution classes or school programs, call Mandi Korinke, 712-279-2373. For all other education and prevention programs, call Mercy Child Advocacy Center, 712-279-2548.
Active Parenting classes are offered for parents of children age infants to adolescents. Six 90-minute sessions cover the following topics:
- Parenting styles
- Techniques of encouragement
- Understanding children's behavior
- The responsibilities of parenthood
- How to develop cooperation
- Building better communication skills
- Boundaries of tolerance
- Peer support for parents
- Professional support system
These classes enable children to be active agents in their own healthy emotional development. The classes are designed for specific age groups: 4-to 6-year-old boys and girls; 7-to-9-year-old boys and girls; 10-to-12-year-old girls; and 10-to-12-year-old boys. Topics include:
- Overcoming low self-esteem
- Anger management
- The emotional and physical dangers of drug and alcohol abuse
- Coping with divorce
- Relationship-building in a blended family
- Improving social skills
- Coping with death and grief
School programs offered by Light a Child's Life serve the needs of children, teachers and school administrators. Classes focus on the same topics covered in the Children's Classes. Additionally, classes may be customized to fit the specific needs of an individual school.
This program places strong emphasis on developing a collaborative approach to problem solving. It is offered as a School Program.
Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention
Program participants learn about Shaken Baby Syndrome and its prevention. The program is tailored for presentation to specific audiences, according to interest and age level. It is available for middle school students, high school students, and adults.
This program covers the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how it can be prevented. Presentations are customized to accommodate audience interest and age level.
Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter Training
This two-hour program is available to any mandatory reporter group. It complies with the Iowa Code of Mandatory Reporter Training.
Reality Education Prevention Program (REAP)
Young drivers participate in this four-part alcohol abuse prevention series, which is designed to prevent repeat drunk-driving offenses. The program seeks to help young drivers modify their behavior through education and reality experiences.
This program examines the consequences of using alcohol and drugs and promotes positive decision-making for children and adolescents. Project Prevention classes are conducted in grade schools and high schools.