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About this Initiative

When a community reaches a tipping point, we start to see cultural change.

Illuminate Colorado created this initiative to empower adults to protect children in every community in Colorado from experiencing child sexual abuse. As the state intermediary and authorized facilitator of the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children® Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, our organization and more than 80 local authorized facilitators, have trained more than 7,000 people in Colorado to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

This is no small feat, but it is a far cry from reaching the necessary critical milestone in child protection that we need to effectively prevent child sexual abuse in Colorado.

Calculating the number of people who need to receive training in every county in Colorado and understanding what is necessary to create REAL social change in a community, our organization identified the tipping point for our state, as well as each county, where children grow up happy, healthy and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

Thanks in large part to support from the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund in the Office of Early Childhood at the Colorado Department of Human Services, all Coloradans can take this training FREE in-person or online weekly.

We are also empowering other authorized facilitators to deliver this proven training in workplaces, schools and neighborhoods on an ongoing basis to create a new standard of child safety in your community and throughout Colorado.

While it may take many years to reach the Colorado tipping point, smaller communities and individual counties may get there relatively quickly if families, organizations, neighborhoods and community leaders make the prevention of child sexual abuse a priority.

If enough people get trained to prevent child sexual abuse, together, we can reach a tipping point in Colorado where children grow up happy, healthy and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

Contact us to learn more about what you can do to strengthen your community.

Organizational Sponsors

Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Through education and awareness, the organization seeks to create a safer world for children to grow and thrive. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, “Stewards of Children®,” is an award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. To date, over one million educators, youth-serving professionals, organization volunteers, and community members have been trained. “Stewards of Children” is the largest training program of its kind, with the largest network of child protection advocates in the world.

For more information, visit D2L.org/Stewards.

Illuminate Colorado is a 501©3 nonprofit organization working to strengthen families, organizations and communities to prevent child maltreatment in Colorado. With a research-based approach that emphasizes building Protective Factors in families, Illuminate works to address systemic and multi-sector issues affecting the well-being of children, collaborating with partners at local, state and national levels to develop powerful programs, policies and initiatives that keep kids safe.

Our certified prevention experts offer multiple educational programs and ongoing support to local organizations and facilitators to increase Colorado’s capacity to create safe spaces where children can thrive. Our organization is the state intermediary & an authorized facilitator of the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children® Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program.

To learn more about our work to ensure that every child in Colorado grows up healthy and free from sexual abuse by educating and empowering adults, visit IlluminateColorado.org.

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