Aymee Balison Waltzing her way with Dance Partner Michael Witte

Aymee Balison, owner of Sweetpea’s Children’s Clothier, based in De Pere, Wisconsin is also the mother of 4 beautiful girls. She knows first hand how important it is to have a trained, responsible and reliable babysitter.

By voting for Aymee, you are helping the American Red Cross continue one of their most popular health and safety programs – the Babysitter’s Training Course. This class is filled with fun and interactive activities.  With the American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course, youth 11-15 years of age will gain the knowledge and confidence to be a great babysitter by caring for infants through school age children.

Hear first hand the impact this course can make on a child’s life:

Karen is 12 years old.  She was afraid to be by herself – to be home alone.  She did not feel confident to provide much help with her little sister and brother.  Karen is my “little sister” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  As a Red Cross staff member, I know and believe in the Babysitter’s Training Class.  So, I paid for and brought Karen to take the Babysitter Training.  Karen is now a certified Red Cross Babysitter.  Karen is confident in her ability to be in charge and take care of kids.  She helps her Mom and family, and babysits for her siblings.   She told me with a big smile, “I am earning lots of money babysitting!”  Taking the Red Cross Babysitting Class was a transformative experience for Karen.  I would like to see every 12-year-old learn take the Babysitter’s Training Class at the Red Cross.  The experience and life skills acquired strengthen individuals and their families!  It certainly was a great and needed training for Karen and her family!

— Mauree Childress, Director of Development, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

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