2012 Babysitting Training Teaches Leadership

Southern Missouri Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 1107

Media Contact:  Nigel Holderby





American Red Cross Offer’s Babysitter’s Training in Springfield

Course gives young adults a lesson in leadership


American Red Cross; Southern Missouri Region 9/18/2012


The American Red Cross is offering a Babysitter’s Training course that will give 11-15 year-olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants, as well as some tools to help them get started in their own babysitting business. The skills that we all need to face the challenges of responsibility begin with leadership. Having leadership skills can mean the difference between having the confidence to save a life, or being confused and scared in an emergency situation.

Caregiving skills take prospective young sitters through feeding and diapering, from playtime to bedtime routines. Participants also learn how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents with basic lifesaving skills “Knowing how to help in an emergency gives me confidence. I think about how important it is that I know how to do that and it makes me proud of myself.” says Farrah Cornelison, age 12, who recently became a trained Red Cross Babysitter.

The Southern Missouri Regional Red Cross is offering Babysitter’s Training at the Springfield Chapter Red Cross office at 1545 N. West Bypass, Saturday; September 22, 2012 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The fee is $85. Please bring a sack lunch and a soft spoon-able snack like applesauce, pudding or yogurt.

Course participants learn decision making and problem solving skills as well as how to draft resumes and interview for potential jobs. Take-home tools include a compact emergency reference guide, a CD-ROM featuring games, songs, and recipes, and a babysitting client organizer.

People can visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.


For additional information please contact Terra Jeffres: terra.jeffres@redcross.org 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


In Service,


K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer

Please Note My New Email: nigel.holderby@redcross.org

American Red Cross

Southern Missouri Region

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)

(417) 207-6349 (c)


2 responses to “2012 Babysitting Training Teaches Leadership

  1. It is true and it is similar to helping in rearing a sibling. It teaches children and young adults as responsibility of caring, which I must say highlights empathy by a marked leader.

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