The YPAD™ Certification process was created to help individuals, studio owners, event owners, and their staff gain the tools and practice the knowledge for safeguarding capacity-building. Pursuing YPAD™ Certification shows your commitment to safeguarding children and empowering confident adults.

The mission of Youth Protection Association for Dance™ is to bring awareness to and provide guidance for one essential priority: the safety and health of dance students.

KIO Dance Studio will be going through a 3 month process to become YPAD certified, and all of our staff will be involved. CPR/First Aid trained, Background checks for our staff, Steward of Childrens certification with Darkness to Light’s program, Youth Mental Health First aid certification, a fully written Emergency Action Plan for our facility and off-site events, Safeguarding pledge signed by all KIO staff, and a signed YPAD Certified Studio agreement.

We are excited to join the fight and provide the best service to our dance family!