Prevent 360° & The Somer Sunshine Scholarship

Protecting children from sexual abuse and other types of victimization requires a 360° approach. Prevent 360° is an initiative between education partners Darkness to Light and the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF). The prevention education programs provided by Darkness to Light and the Monique Burr Foundation for Children are the gold standard in adult-focused and child-focused programs and work well together as part of a larger effort to protect youth using a 360° approach.


The 5/5/5 Framework


Prevent 360° encompasses a 5/5/5 framework. This framework provides 5 guidelines for organizations and communities to reduce stigma, influence behavior, and change social norms, 5 Steps for adults to prevent child sexual abuse, and 5 Safety Rules for youth to help adults keep them safe.

5 Guidelines for Organizations/Communities

1. Educate adults using Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children®.

Provide Darkness to Light’s evidence-informed, award-winning Stewards of Children training to individuals and organizations within your community.

2. Educate youth using MBF Prevention Education Programs.

Provide MBF programs, including evidence-based MBF Child Safety Matters®, and evidence-informed MBF Teen Safety Matters® and MBF Athlete Safety Matters™ to all youth within your community.

3. Strengthen capacity to prevent and respond to abuse.

Encourage and support research, increase community awareness, and enforce organizational policies and procedures to reduce risk and create safer environments for children.

4. Advocate for safer children and healthier futures.

Participate in advocacy efforts for stronger legislation to protect children. Take action to end demand, reduce victimization/perpetration, and to promote the healthy development of children.

5. Collaborate for sustainability.

Facilitate and participate in collaborative efforts within local, national, and global communities. Help ensure sustainable funding for prevention and response.

Darkness to Light’s
5 Steps for Adults

  1. Learn the Facts
  2. Minimize Opportunity
  3. Talk About It
  4. Recognize the Signs
  5. React Responsibly

MBF’s 5 Safety Rules
for Children

  1. Know What’s Up
  2. Spot Red Flags
  3. Make a Move
  4. Talk It Up
  5. No Blame | No Shame


Adult & Child-Focused Education


Prevent 360° encourages organizations to use both adult-focused and child-focused education to better protect children.

MBF Facilitators are encouraged to add the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training to their programs and services. Stewards of Children is Darkness to Light’s flagship program. The training is evidence-informed, award-winning, and has taught over 1.7 million adults worldwide the 5 Steps to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is presented to organizations, school staff, parents, and other concerned community members by trained facilitators via a live 2-hour training. It is also available online. To learn more visit If you are interested in becoming a Stewards of Children facilitator, email

If you are not currently an MBF Facilitator using MBF Prevention Education Programs, in addition to the above, we encourage you to learn more about our programs and combine them with Stewards of Children to better protect children. MBF’s 5 Safety Rules are taught during all programs to educate and empower children and teens to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to the four types of child abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, neglect), bullying, cyberbullying, and digital dangers. MBF Teen Safety Matters also covers healthy relationships/relationship abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The programs have been taught to 3 million students since 2010 and have substantial data to show their effectiveness. Learn more about our research here.

We know to truly protect children we cannot educate just adults OR children, we must educate both adults AND children.

If you would like to be a Prevent 360° organization, MBF and Darkness to Light are offering a 10% discount when you purchase both programs. To get started, please contact MBF Program Director Stacy Pendarvis at or 904-562-1845.


The Somer Sunshine Scholarship

To help individuals take the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children online training, MBF is offering the Somer Sunshine Scholarship to residents of Northeast Florida.

This scholarship is provided by the generous support of Children’s Safe Passage and the Somer Sunshine Foundation and is offered in loving memory of Somer Thompson.

Somer was a beautiful, happy seven-year old girl who was abducted, sexually assaulted, and killed by a sexual predator. To learn more about Somer and the Somer Sunshine Foundation, please visit

To prevent this from ever happening to another child, and to prevent the sexual victimization of children by anyone, please take the online Stewards of Children training today.

If you are a resident of Northeast Florida (living in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, or St. Johns counties), you can access the Stewards of Children training at no cost by completing the below form.

While the scholarship is offered to Northeast Florida residents, the Stewards of Children training is available to anyone for just $10.00 through the Darkness to Light website.

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