Learning to care

. October 26, 2012.

Teens and tweens can learn some valuable life skills — and a way to make a few extra dollars on the side — as the Washtenaw County chapter of the American Red Cross presents its regular Babysitter’s Training classes. Basic and intermediate childcare skills are taught in one seven-hour session, including video, discussion and hands-on activities. From the fundamentals like diapering and feeding, to communication and crisis-management skills, kids will learn the facts that will give them the confidence to be a good babysitter. They’ll even get tips on how to manage a babysitting business. And you never know when the first-aid skills they’ll acquire will come in handy — they could even save your life!

This month’s classes are on Wednesdays, August 8, 15 and 22, and Saturday, August 18. For ages 11 to 15. $85, registration required. 4624 Packard St., 734-971-5300. www.wc-redcross.org.   —MD