FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS



What is the Joyful Child Foundation’s mission?

The Joyful Child Foundation - In Memory of Samantha Runnion is dedicated to preventing crimes against children through programs that educate, empower, and unite families and communities.  BACK TO TOP

What is the Joyful Child Foundation’s vision?

The Joyful Child Foundation’s vision is a nation of families and communities working together to empower children to be brave and safe.  BACK TO TOP

What are the BRAVE Programs?

The Joyful Child Foundation’s BRAVE Programs are age-appropriate safety lessons that include verbal and physical skills to defend against sexual abuse, violence, and abduction. The goal of the BRAVE Programs is to reduce the risk of childhood victimization by providing knowledge and skills about personal safety. The BRAVE Programs empower students to make brave, safe, and healthy choices.  BACK TO TOP

What is the difference between the BRAVE Curriculum and BRAVE Workshops?

The Joyful Child’s BRAVE Programs consist of the BRAVE Curriculum and BRAVE Workshops, respectively. The BRAVE Curriculum is a grade K-12 curriculum designed to be taught: 1) by school teachers; 2) incrementally in conjunction with existing Physical Education and/or Health curricula; 3) to students at each grade level; 4) during the regular school day; 5) over the course of an entire school year; and 6) on an ongoing, annual basis. The BRAVE Curriculum’s lessons may be taught in 15 to 45 minute increments, are age-appropriate by grade level, and build upon each other cumulatively. The BRAVE Curriculum teaching manual references where the lessons meet Common Core Standards.

The BRAVE Workshops, on the other hand, consist of two 90-minute sessions with interactive lessons designed to be taught by Community Service/Partner Agencies (i.e. Boys&Girls Clubs, YMCAs, Rescue Missions, Law Enforcement, Women’s/Children’s Shelters, and similar organizations) to groups of children they serve in the ordinary course of their operations. The BRAVE Workshops are also age-appropriate, and are divided into sessions for children in grades K-6, Jr. High, and High School, respectively.  BACK TO TOP

I am a parent; how can I bring the BRAVE Curriculum to my child(ren)’s school(s)?

The Joyful Child Foundation trains public and private school teachers to deliver the BRAVE Curriculum, which meets California Physical Education and Common Core Standards, and supplements current Physical Education and Health Curricula. This training allows the teachers at all grade levels to teach the 10-12 hour age-appropriate BRAVE Curriculum in a range of 15-40 minute increments throughout the school year. The curriculum is teacher-friendly and lessons may be taught out of order, so that teachers may incorporate it into other themes being taught in class. To pursue bringing the BRAVE Curriculum to your school, the ideal first step is to approach your school’s principal and/or PTA/PTO representatives and:

  1. Introduce The Joyful Child Foundation’s BRAVE Programs (via a Program brochure, website).
  2. Request to have a Joyful Child Ambassador as a speaker during a PTA meeting to provide important information to parents about how they can keep their children safe and learn more about The Joyful Child Foundation’s BRAVE Programs.
  3. Request that the principal attend the presentation and/or schedule a meeting to review and discuss the BRAVE Curriculum, training opportunities, and the implementation process in more detail.

To request a Program brochure, please contact .  BACK TO TOP

I am a teacher or school administrator; how can I bring the BRAVE Curriculum to my school?

The ideal first step is to schedule a meeting with your school’s principal and/or curriculum director to have an opportunity to learn more details about the BRAVE Curriculum, training opportunities, and the implementation process. To schedule a meeting, please contact .  BACK TO TOP

How much time does it take and what does it cost to train teachers to teach the BRAVE Curriculum?

The BRAVE Curriculum training takes approximately 4 hours. The Training Fee is $5,000 for up to 50 teachers, plus $250 in materials per teacher (The materials include the Training Manual, Physical Skills DVD, thumb drive with re-printable curriculum, PowerPoint presentations for each grade level, and a classroom poster), $250 for supplemental books per site and $250 for equipment (8 pads and 2 shields) per site. A license certification fee of $25 per instructor applies annually thereafter. For trainings over 150 miles from Orange County, airfare, hotel, and rental car costs at market value for the Joyful Child Trainer will also apply per visit. The Training Fee may be shared among school sites. In addition, a school’s PTA/PTO or Educational/Community Schools Foundation can sponsor all or a portion of these training costs on behalf of a school. The Joyful Child is glad to partner with Districts to apply for grants to cover associated costs.

The BRAVE Curriculum training may also be used as a train-the-trainer opportunity (e.g. teachers who The Joyful Child Foundation has certified to deliver the BRAVE Curriculum at their school may subsequently train additional teachers at their school to deliver the BRAVE Curriculum) if: 1) The Joyful Child trainer is provided the opportunity to observe staff trainings; and 2) a follow-up session is scheduled within 4 months after the initial training to address any updates and feedback from the classrooms.  BACK TO TOP

How do I schedule a BRAVE Workshop?

The Joyful Child Foundation currently leads BRAVE Workshops in Orange County, California in groups of at least 10 and no more than 35 students in a single BRAVE Workshop in a suitable indoor facility/space provided by the group requesting the Workshop. These 90-minute BRAVE Workshops are divided into K-6, Junior High and High School groups, respectively. For large K-6 groups, the Workshops can be further divided into separate Workshops for grades K-2 and 3-6 students, respectively.

The facility/space provided must be of sufficient size to allow the students to line up in rows shoulder-width apart and to run without obstruction from one end to the other (such as a school multi-purpose room, apartment/community clubhouse or space at a church).

We recommend a one-hour parent meeting in advance for parents to learn important safety information and tools, as well as to register, complete consent forms, and submit payment for the Workshop. If no parent meeting is scheduled in advance, parent participation in the Workshop is required and is strongly suggested in either case as it provides context and helps parents reinforce what the students learn.

The cost to participate in a BRAVE Workshop is $25 per student, payable to The Joyful Child Foundation at the parent meeting or before the start of a BRAVE Workshop. Please allow a minimum of six weeks’ advance notice to schedule a Workshop. Requests to schedule a Workshop may be submitted to .  BACK TO TOP

I am a Community Service/Partner Agency (i.e. Boys&Girls Club, YMCA, Rescue Mission, Law Enforcement, Women’s/Children’s Shelter, etc.). How can I bring the BRAVE Programs to the children I serve?

The Joyful Child Foundation can schedule a training for your agency’s staff to teach the BRAVE Workshops on an ongoing basis to the children you serve. The ideal first step is to schedule a meeting with your agency director to learn more about the Workshops and discuss training opportunities. To schedule a meeting or training, please submit a request to .  BACK TO TOP

How much time and what does it cost to train Community Service/Partner Agency staff to teach the BRAVE Workshops?

The BRAVE Workshop training takes approximately 3 hours. The Training Fee is $5,000 to train all of an agency’s staff participants, plus $75 in materials per person (Training Manual, Physical Skills DVD, thumb drive with PowerPoint presentations and supplemental books for each age group), and $250 for equipment (8 pads and 2 shields) per site. A license certification fee of $25 per instructor applies annually thereafter. For trainings over150 miles from Orange County, airfare, hotel, and rental car costs at market value for the Joyful Child Trainer will also apply per visit. A qualifying Community Service/Partner Agency may qualify for grant funding to cover all or a portion of these training costs.

The BRAVE Workshop training may also be used as a train-the-trainer opportunity (e.g. agency participants who The Joyful Child Foundation has certified to deliver the BRAVE Workshops to the children they serve may train other participants within the same agency how to teach the BRAVE Workshops) if: 1) all newly certified trainers observe a pre-scheduled BRAVE Workshop taught by the Joyful Child trainer immediately following the initial training; and 2) a Joyful Child Trainer may observe/audit any Workshops or trainings taught by those certified trainers or their trainees.  BACK TO TOP

What is a Joyful Child Ambassador?

A Joyful Child Ambassador is a qualified volunteer who plays a critical role in creating awareness of the issues relevant to child safety and sharing practical solutions with parents and caring adults, one community at a time. We offer quarterly trainings for qualified volunteers to present a one-hour PowerPoint presentation entitled, “Preventing Child Abduction” to various parent groups, including at schools, churches, shelters, and businesses. To be qualified, volunteers must pass a LiveScan background/fingerprint check, participate in an Ambassador training, and be mentored by and co-present with a seasoned Ambassador before presenting on their own. To be placed on our interest list to be notified of the next training, please e-mail us at .  BACK TO TOP

What is a Joyful Child BRAVE Workshop Assistant Instructor?

A Joyful Child BRAVE Workshop Assistant Instructor is a qualified volunteer who assists the Joyful Child’s Instructors to teach 90-minute BRAVE Workshops to various student groups. To be qualified, volunteers must pass a LiveScan background/fingerprint check and participate in a BRAVE Workshop Assistant Instructor training. Trained Assistant Instructors may be eligible to receive a stipend for assisting with BRAVE Workshops. BRAVE Workshop Assistant Instructor trainings are offered quarterly. To be placed on our interest list to be notified of the next training, please e-mail us at .  BACK TO TOP

Is there a cost associated with becoming a volunteer Ambassador and/or BRAVE Assistant Instructor and how much time is involved?

Ambassador trainings are approximately 2 hours long and cost $50 to cover the cost of materials. BRAVE Workshop Assistant Instructor trainings are approximately 3 hours long and also cost $50 to cover the cost of materials. All costs are payable to The Joyful Child Foundation, and trainings are offered quarterly in both north and south Orange County locations on an alternating basis.

In addition, there is a one-time cost of $25 for a LiveScan background check. If you are registering for both the Ambassador and Instructor Training the $25 LiveScan fee will be waived. You may pay all fees online at the time of registration, or by check at least one week prior to the training. In order to participate in either training you will be required to complete a LiveScan fingerprint application and background check (fingerprints will be rolled on site at the Training). Please bring a valid (unexpired) Driver’s License, state ID, or Passport. If not available, bring at least two other forms of identification (email for a list of acceptable options; one must have your photo and another must prove your current address).  BACK TO TOP

What other volunteer opportunities are available?

In addition to serving as a volunteer Ambassador or BRAVE Workshop Assistant Instructor as described above, the Joyful Child Foundation relies heavily on other qualified volunteers, who play a critical role increasing our capacity to reach more communities and children with important safety information and education. Our valued volunteer roles include:

  • Awareness Events: Help staff a table at child safety fairs, conferences, and other awareness events by distributing materials and sharing The Joyful Child’s mission and programs.
  • Fundraising Events: The Joyful Child Foundation plans an annual gala, The Joyful Feast, which is the central fundraiser of the year. Serve on a volunteer committee, help procure donations for the silent auction, seek corporate sponsors and cost underwriters, design, print and send invitations, and assist with other event-related tasks. We also need volunteers to assist during the event with set-up, check-in, and the silent auction.
  • Office Assistance: Help with a variety of administrative tasks, including data entry, and creating and distributing materials for upcoming Workshops and events.

If you are interested in becoming a Joyful Child volunteer, please e-mail us at and let us know in what area(s) you would like to get involved. Please note: All volunteers must complete a LiveScan fingerprint application and background check at their own cost before being considered for any volunteer position. The Joyful Child Foundation has the ability to do the fingerprint rolling on site at the time of the volunteer interview. The cost is $25.  BACK TO TOP