Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth
District 7910 is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, partners, and any other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of, and to prevent the physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of, children and young people with whom they come into contact.
State and Federal law, as well as RI guidelines, require background checks and personal references for anyone age 18 and older who has one-on-one interaction with any youth participant in Rotary programs for youth. For details, please contact the Chairperson or Coordinator of each individual youth-focused program or activity.
▶ Forms Required for ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE (ESSEX)
Required forms are listed on the ESSEX Student Protection Forms page.
Contact the District 7910 Youth Exchange coordinator if you have questions.
▶ Forms Required for ALL OTHER PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES INVOLVING YOUTH
PLEASE NOTE that to save time and money, District 7910 also uses ESSEX forms for non-ESSEX youth activities. There is a box to check off at the bottom of Form YE321 when the form is being used for non-ESSEX volunteers.
- Form YE320 - Volunteer Application
- Form YE318 - Volunteer Reference Form
(to be filled out by each person who is listed as a Reference on the Volunteer Application)
- Form YE321 - Background Check Waiver/Consent/Release
(also known as "CBC" or "Student Protection Waiver")
CLUB YOUTH PROTECTION OFFICER
Per the District 7910 Resolutions, section XXV: Each President of each Club in the District shall appoint a Youth Protection Officer. Such Officer and Club Members shall attend the Annual District sponsored Youth Protection Training at no cost to the Club. In the event that no Officer is appointed, the President of the Club shall hold and assume the position of Club Youth Protection Officer.
The club’s Youth Protection Officer will be responsible for training club members on Youth Protection, and for requesting the proper documents for members involved with youth activities sponsored by, funded by, or engaged in by the respective Rotary Club or Rotary District.
YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING
District 7910 encourages every Rotarian, and in particular the Club President and Club Youth Protection Officer, to review the Youth Protection information provided on the district website and promote Youth Protection Training as part of the club's annual program.
For more information about district-sponsored Youth Protection Training, please contact the District Governor or District Youth Service Chair.
R.I. TRAINING MANUAL & LEADER'S GUIDE
The Abuse and Harassment Prevention Training Manual and Leaders’ Guide is designed to help Rotarians provide a safe and secure environment for participants in Rotary International youth programs. District governors, district youth protection offi cers, and all district leaders involved with Interact, RYLA, and Youth Exchange should review these materials. Districts also may use these guidelines when working with other youth-related projects, such as scouting or mentoring, and any at-risk or vulnerable population, such as the elderly or disabled.
The training manual provides information and guidelines for developing and implementing an effective district abuse and harassment prevention program for youth protection. Topics include proper screening of adult volunteers working with youth (including privacy issues and recordkeeping), selection of youth participants, and effective training programs for Rotarians, non-Rotarian volunteers, and students.
The leaders’ guide consists of abuse and harassment prevention training sessions for all Rotarians involved in youth programs as well as specialized Youth Exchange training sessions for district Youth Exchange committee members, club counselors, host families, and students and their parents.
District 7910 Youth Protection Officer: Steven Sager