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Health & Safety Services Community Programs
Health and Safety Courses offered to the community help people to be safer, healthier and more self-reliant in the face of an emergency. This results from various training programs such as CPR, First Aid, AED, Swimming, Lifeguarding, HIV/AIDS Education, Babysitter's Training and Pet First Aid.
First Aid, CPR and AED Courses
Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED programs are available for any age group and can be tailored to the needs of specific groups and individuals. Whether you work with children, want training for employees, are a professional rescuer, or simply want to know how to help in an emergency, the American Red Cross has a program for you.
Swimming and Lifeguarding
Lifeguarding will help you develop skills and experience that will be valued by colleges and future employers. It's a great way to demonstrate what you can offer. Colleges and employers look for applicants who can deal effectively with people, who have a take-charge attitude and who are willing to work to develop new skills.
What You Will Learn
Learn to Swim Programs
Adapted Aquatics Program
Every year, volunteer instructors teach more than 50 individuals with disabilities how to swim. The program provides participants with the opportunity to meet challenges, experience success, work with others, and become part of a social group. Additionally, water exercise allows them to utilize muscles that prohibit their movement on land. They are able to improve strength, coordination, and range of movement while having fun and learning how to swim.
Volunteers are needed for this program. The prerequisites are minimal: Be friendly, be at least 15 years of age and know how to swim.
HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
The various programs provide the opportunity to openly discuss the facts about HIV and AIDS and personalize the facts so they become more meaningful. These programs encourage people to adopt prevention behaviors to protect themselves and others from HIV and can help people develop and practice skills that they can use in real life situations to protect themselves and others. Our programs help people take steps to prevent the spread of HIV.
Mission Related Caregiving
Babysitter's Training - This very popular course gives 11-15 year-olds the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for infants and school-age children, combining videos, activities, hands-on skills training and discussion for the most complete learning experience.
Pet First Aid - American Red Cross pet first aid classes give cat and dog owners the skills necessary to tend to unexpected emergencies and to monitor their animals' health. The classes allow pet owners to provide care until they can get their pet to a veterinarian. Pet first aid teaches cat and dog owners how to respond to a wide range of animal emergencies, from dressing a wound to performing CPR to preparing for natural disasters.
Programs for Youth
First Aid for Children Today (F.A.C.T.) - The F.A.C.T. Critter Clan Family of multicultural animal characters leads children on a path of discovery. Kids ages 5-8 learn about ways to be aware of dangers, how to prevent them, and how to respond to them if necessary.
Basic Aid Training (B.A.T.) introduces 8-12 year-olds to the emergency action steps, check, call, care and to first aid procedures. An activity book with puzzles and games teaches children how to prevent injuries and what to do in an emergency.
Longfellow's WHALE Tales makes water safety for 5-12 year-olds fun and easy to learn! Longfellow, the animated whale, appears throughout lesson plans, color posters, worksheets, activities, and a video to teach about safe behavior in and around water.
Act SMART helps young people make smart decisions and develop healthy behaviors to prevent HIV and AIDS and gain a sense of compassion for persons living with HIV or AIDS. The curriculum is divided into three units: for ages 6 to 9, 10 to 13, and 14 to 17.
The Party - This video package provides HIV-prevention education materials for people ages 13 to 15. The Party can help youth enhance their decision-making skills related to HIV prevention. Issues raised include peer pressure, alcohol and drug use, sexual activity, and self-respect.
Home Alone - Home Alone teaches children important tips to keep themselves safe while they are home alone. This program gives students simple rules and procedures for responsible self-care.
Scrubby Bear - Scrubby Bear provides lessons in how to prevent germ and infectious disease transmission. The program teaches children 5 to 8 about the importance of washing their hands to avoid being sick.
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