Leaders of Youth Activities

Informed leaders are a key component in the fight against child abuse. Here is how you can be One with Courage!

You have a great impact on a child’s life

As a leader in a youth organization, you have a great impact on a child’s life. As coaches and mentors, you should learn the signs and symptoms of abuse and know how to correctly make a report. This might not only help a child find safety, but also to encourage the healing services and intervention needed to positively impact their long term well-being.

Have the Courage to Report

When faced with the decision to report, focus on the long-term impact of untreated trauma and the importance of reporting abuse so that children and families can ultimately receive healing services provided by a local Children’s Justice Center. Think of yourself as helping the family, not interfering.

Minimize opportunity

Put limits on one-adult/one-child situations, even with authority figures. By establishing clear rules and boundaries like this, the risk of abuse is reduced. Set an example by personally avoiding one-adult/one-child situations with children other than your own. Think carefully about gatherings and encourage group participation whenever possible.

Download and share the printable document about the signs of abuse (PDF)

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Contact your local Children’s Justice Center (CJC)

Contact your local Children’s Justice Center (CJC) to find out how you can be more involved, volunteer, and/or serve on the board.


Remember, you are obligated by law to report suspected child abuse.

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