Esports Tower, the global esports training and development organization, has been recognized as a Partner in Prevention by Darkness to Light for completing its Stewards of Children training program. This program educates adults on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child abuse, empowering them to take action and create safer environments for children.
Darkness to Light is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Their Stewards of Children training program is a revolutionary approach to child abuse prevention, designed to educate adults on how to protect children from abuse.
Esports Tower’s global coaching teams have completed the Stewards of Children program, earning certifications that demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the esports community, particularly young aspiring athletes aged 13-19.
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“Esports Tower is honored to be recognized as a Partner in Prevention by Darkness to Light,” said David Adams CEO at Esports Tower. “We take our responsibility to protect and educate young athletes very seriously, and completing this training program is an important step in our ongoing efforts to create a safe and supportive community for all.”
Esports Tower is the preeminent esports training and development organization, providing aspiring amateur athletes with the skills and tools they need to succeed in the competitive world of esports. The organization is also committed to creating compelling esports entertainment for fans of all ages.
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For more information on Esports Tower and their commitment to child safety, please visit EsportsTower.com.
Kids today face a very different set of challenges. There’s a whole new landscape where a child’s relationship with technology and normal development overlap, with a whole new set of experiences online and in virtual settings that influence behavior. Managing the infrastructure for one of the largest esports training groups globally, Melissa Fisher, Chief Operating Officer at Esports Tower knows firsthand how challenging technology can be to catch all the bad actors that seek to pray on kids today.
“While we use Sterling employee monitoring which allows us to continuously monitor our workforce and receive risk alerts on employee DUI, assaults, fraud, theft, domestic violence, child abuse and other reported offenses. We wanted to do more in our efforts to safeguard our students.” said Melissa Fisher, COO of Esports Tower. “We were delighted to be one of the first companies to complete the newly innovated Stewards of Children® training and gain full certification and Partners in Prevention status from Darkness to Light. Our coaches gained a whole new set of tips and tools they can use when abuse is suspected. As a compnay we also learned how we can strengthen our policies and programs to better safeguard students. I highly recommend the Stewards of Children program.”
The facts are eye opening … 90% of those abused know their abuser and of those, 60% are abused by someone the family trusts and 40% are abused by older more powerful children.
“At Esports Tower we help aspiring esports athletes aged 13 – 19 years old game greater and ultimately attempt to earn collegiate scholarships. Our Esports coaches are responsible for guiding and coaching young gamers in competitive and often high-pressure environments. At Esports Tower, we take that responsibility very seriously as we know all our coaches, community managers and program directors have the potential to influence the lives of these young players in many positive ways, such as by teaching teamwork, discipline, coping skills and sportsmanship. Now, thanks to Darkness to Light we know how to better support victims of abuse who report it, how to identify the suspicion of abuse and how to structure interactions to avoid creating opportunities for it to occur at our events and in our virtual training programs. This is why we chose to ensure all of our coaching team received certifications using Darkness to Light’s® revolutionary new training program.” said, Tony Baccaro, Esports Tower Program Manager.
Darkness to Light’s® Stewards of Children is a revolutionary abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child abuse. The program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult’s job through using the real stories of survivors and their families.
Creating Safer Spaces for ChildrenA Partner in Prevention is an organization or business that has committed the time and effort to educate themselves on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child abuse. An organization receives the Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention distinction when they have successfully met the annual guidelines established by Darkness to Light.
What the Partner in Prevention Distinction Means to Parents:
Organizations that train their staff and volunteers create an environment that better protect children. Perpetrators are drawn to places where they can have easy access to children. An organization that emphasizes prevention through training and appropriate polices is an unwelcoming place for a perpetrator. Training increases staff and volunteer awareness that teaches them to recognize the signs that an opportunity exists for abuse to occur, and the signs that abuse has occurred. It is also critical that staff and volunteers know how to react if they recognize the signs or if a child discloses abuse.
The Partner in Prevention Commitment Includes:
– Making prevention a priority by using Stewards of Children® to train staff and volunteers who interact with youth
– Conducting background checks on staff and volunteers who work with youth
– Implementing policies that limits opportunities for one adult to be alone with one child
ABOUT DARKNESS TO LIGHT:
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child 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 a one-of-a-kind, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child abuse. More than 1.4 million adults have been trained using the program. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.
ABOUT ESPORTS TOWER:
Esports Tower innovative teen training and tournament programs are the largest developmental esports clubs. Their weekly Rumble tournament syndication averages 40,000 – 70,000 viewers per event making them the most consistently viewed high school gaming program garnering an audience larger than most traditional in-stadium audiences. Throughout the week, club players 13-18yrs old receive professional coaching, access to educational series, how-to webinars as well as one-of-a-kind insider access to esports professionals, college and pro scouts. Top teams and select players can also score go-anywhere study-anything scholarship prizes. Learn more at: https://esportstower.com
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