Safety Whys is a copyrighted Babysitter Training Program for youth ages 11-17 that began in Helotes, TX in 1989 and has since expanded to Floresville, TX. Coordinated with the San Antonio Emergency Nurses Association, it aims at a continuum for setting quality standards for youth tending to young ones in their care. There are 7 required topics, dealing with various safety needs, and then some fun ones throughout the day's course. There is a lot of role playing, so the participants can be exposed to different scenarios, thus promoting prevention of potential problem areas.
Safety Whys has been established as a separate not-for-profit franchise and has a goal of making Helotes, TX its national headquarters.
A three year project of getting 2,500 signatures, representing 45 states has accomplished getting a National Babysitter's Day Observance on the Saturday before the established Mother's Day. On June 14, 2002, with the assistance of U.S. Congressman Henry Bonilla, this National Observance was added to the Chase's Calendar of Events.
The first National Annual Babysitter's Day was Saturday, May 10th, 2003.
Along with the direct value of promoting quality child care, there are incentive avenues for youth to advance to Junior and Senior Assistants. Benefits include community service, leadership activity, networking, and potential travel.