Chautauqua Childrens Safety Education Village

"What I see I may forget, what I hear I may not remember, but what I do, I understand."

aka Chautauqua Safety Village   |   Ashville, NY   |  www.chautauquasafetyvillage.com

Mission

The mission of the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is to promote the well-being of children through adulthood by providing a wide-range of experiential safety training and services.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Jessica Dayton

Main address

2695 Route 394

Ashville, NY 14710-9998 USA

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EIN

16-1566945

NTEE code info

Safety Education (M40)

First Aid Training (M41)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Chautauqua Safety Village envisions a County where unintentional injury and related deaths have been reduced which will create a healthier, safer place to live. The goal is to reduce the number of unintentional injuries and injury related deaths for people of all ages within Chautauqua County. By providing comprehensive hands-on life safety training, the Chautauqua Safety Village helps to modify risky attitudes and behaviors. When participants demonstrate their knowledge by applying those learned techniques in every day life, they will remain safer, have less injury and need for physical assistance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fire Safety

This Fire Safety Training accurately simulates real life emergencies. Teaching students in this way promotes information retention, which when applied, can save the life of anyone involved in a fire. This course starts as early as Pre-K, advances with each grade, and builds on the previous year.

Population(s) Served

We teach life-saving skills to children and adults by providing hands-on educational training.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This 2-hour course teaches students how to respond to and manage an emergency until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives. Skills learned include applying pressure to a bleeding wound, treating sprains, broken bones, and other first-aid treatments.

Population(s) Served

First Aid, CPR and AED trainings teach CPR on adults, children, and infants, and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Students will receive a 2-year certification. The Chautauqua Safety Village is certified through the American Heart Association and National Safety Council.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Traffic and Bike Safety Courses teach students sign recognition, rules of the road, pedestrian and crosswalk safety. This course starts as early as Pre-K, advances with each grade, and builds on the previous year.

Population(s) Served

This program educates parents and community members about the proper use of child safety seats. Our certified safety seat technicians are available to assist with proper installation as well as provide safety checks.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

We educate students on the dangers of distracted driving by reviewing the 4 D’s (drowsy, drunk, drugged, and distracted). This course can be taught in school classrooms or at our facility.

Population(s) Served
Older adults

This 4.5-hour class teaches: CPR and First Aid techniques for a child or infant*, Heimlich Maneuver for choking victims, injury prevention, recognizing safety issues, behavior management, simple toddler-friendly snack/dinner prep, and bottle warming/infant meals.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Preteens
Young adults
Preteens

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal 1: Prevent injury related deaths for people of all ages within Chautauqua and surrounding Counties.
Goal 2: Reduce unintentional injuries within Chautauqua and surrounding Counties by providing life safety education.
Goal 3: Ensure the community has the skills required to respond appropriately to emergency situations.
Goal 4: Collaborate with the community to enhance safety awareness and build partnerships.

The life safety programs provided by CSV are comprehensive, age appropriate, and build upon one another. Programs include fire, traffic, bike, and home alone safety, first aid, CPR, new babysitter training, distracted driving, child passenger safety seat education for parents, and smoke/carbon monoxide alarm education and installation. The programs promote a positive attitude towards safety that will benefit people throughout their lives.

Those who participate in the programming have a better understanding of and appreciation for safety issues. It is expected that they will have lower accident rates than those who do not receive the training, which will have lasting effects on the community, including: fewer lost days of education for children, fewer lost days of work for adults, lower costs for police, fire, and other emergency responders, lower insurance costs, fewer visits to emergency rooms, which will help contain medical costs and allow scarce resources to be used for other needs, and the opportunity for schools to save funding by participating in centralized safety training.

CSV believes that education is the key to reducing risk and protecting our community. By reaching out to all residents, it teaches important safety techniques that will help to protect the community. CSV does more than just present safety information; it teaches and trains participants how to react when faced with dangerous situations. Adults can easily recall unique learning experiences they had as children. Research confirms that knowledge gained through hands-on learning remains with us far longer than simple presentations of facts. This is especially important because as a whole, unintentional injury is the fifth leading cause of death in Chautauqua County and the third leading cause of death in New York State according to the Chautauqua County Department of Health’s Community Health Assessment for 2019-2021.

The Chautauqua Safety Village (CSV) collaborates and has relationships with Chautauqua County school districts, home schools and various community organizations in Chautauqua County. CSV works with these entities to schedule and implement programs to the people they are serving.

The CSV will provide both in-person and virtual classes through its comprehensive life safety education programming. These programs are designed to emphasize practical, realistic, hands-on emergency and safety skills. The programs that make up the objectives of the project are provided beginning at Pre-K and continue through 12th grade. life safety programs provided by CSV are comprehensive, age appropriate, and build upon one another. Programs include fire, traffic, bike, and home alone safety, first aid, CPR, new babysitter training, distracted driving, child passenger safety seat education for parents, and smoke/carbon monoxide alarm education and installation. The programs promote a positive attitude towards safety that will benefit people throughout their lives.

Those who participate in the programming have a better understanding of and appreciation for safety issues. It is expected that they will have lower accident rates than those who do not receive the training, which will have lasting effects on the community, including: fewer lost days of education for children, fewer lost days of work for adults, lower costs for police, fire, and other emergency responders, lower insurance costs, fewer visits to emergency rooms, which will help contain medical costs and allow scarce resources to be used for other needs, and the opportunity for schools to save funding by participating in centralized safety training.

The CSV training facility was designed to meet the safety education needs of children in the region. It was opened in 2010 in response to the identified need for safety training services in the area. CSV employs certified CPR instructors and certified car seat technicians who carry out community car seat safety checks and CPR training.

For school ages children, students are able to learn in a child sized environment. Children ride bikes and drive electric cars, use hand signals, and obey street signs. Younger children learn how to cross at a crosswalk parking lot safety and the dangers of crossing between cars. For bicycle training, students learn stationary scanning, scanning while riding, and stopping and maintaining balance. Students learn the dangers of not using a helmet. Safety training in non-motorized scooter, in-line skating, and skate board safety is incorporated into the classes. Classes simulate real-life traffic with a traffic light and railroad crossing. Fire safety classes takes place within the education building at the Safety Village that includes the interior of a model home. After the children learn about fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire, they go into the model home to run through an escape plan. Students enter an area with simulated smoke and are taught how to get down on their hands and knees to stay below the smoke. They attempt to escape through a door that becomes warm to touch and, after feeling it with the backs of their hands; they learn they must find a different way to escape. Students exit through a bedroom window via an escape ladder where they climb down a half-story and go their meeting place.

To date, over 35,000 students have visited the Safety Village. An additional 2,500 children have been trained in virtual classes that were developed in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. CSV would like to expand programming to reach additional areas in the WNY region and to continue working toward the goal of reducing the number of unintentional injuries and injury related deaths for people of all ages.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve all ages between Pre-k and adulthood

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Chautauqua Childrens Safety Education Village

Board of directors
as of 2/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Felton

Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union

Term: 2020 -

Joseph Gerace

Angelica Peck

Amy Harding

Douglas Fricke

Cathy Abers-Kimball

Brenda Tarana

Marcia Restivo

Sheryl Waterman

Curtis Reynolds

Paul Mihalko

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/03/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability