Skills for Life

American Red Cross Babysitting and Child Care

To provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave, and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. The recommended age for this course is 11-15 years old. Please contact Ellen Daudelin at 908-889-8880 or edaudelin@fspymca.org for more information.

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American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED

This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children, and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements. Offered are both blended learning and full courses. The blended learning course is split between an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. The online portion must be completed before attending the in-class portion and must be taken on a PC or tablet with a high-speed internet connection. Allow approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the online portion. The full course is taught over one 5-hour in-person session, incorporating lecture, guided discussions and practical skill sessions. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a digital certificate for Adult/Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED valid for two years. Please contact Ellen Daudelin at 908-889-8880 or edaudelin@fspymca.org for more information.

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American Red Cross Lifeguarding – Full Course

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course certifies participants in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED, Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens. We offer a classroom setting where participants will review the curriculum with a Red Cross certified instructor. On successful completion of the pretest (swim assessment), the instructor will notify participants who met the minimum requirements to register for the full course. Participants should be at least 15 years old. Please contact Johan Mora-Valverde at 908-889-8880 or jmoravalverde@fspymca.org for more information.

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American Red Cross Lifeguarding Review

This training is designed for current Red Cross lifeguards. This is an intensive course with classroom and pool sessions re-certifying participants in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED. Our classes include Bloodborne Pathogens and Administering Emergency Oxygen training. Participants must have a valid Red Cross Lifeguard certification (or within 30 days of expiring), and successfully complete skills and exams re-certification. Please contact Johan Mora-Valverde at 908-889-8880 or jmoravalverde@fspymca.org for more information.

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Mental Health First Aid (Adult and Youth)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Learn how to recognize some of the signs of mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis, substance abuse disorders, depression, anxiety and eating disorders as well as how to respond to those who suffer from them.

For more information about mental health first aid training and the Y’s mental health initiatives, please contact Tracy Crane at 908-889-8880 or tcrane@fspymca.org