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Risk Management Tools For Volunteers

School is out for summer and we are in full swing for summer 4-H programming and activities! For many youth 4-H summer activities are what they look forward to over summer vacation. It's important to make sure that the fun and educational activities we do with youth are also safe.
In recent months MN 4-H has been evaluating risk across the 4-H program and has designed some helpful tools for volunteers to use when planning 4-H activities. Risk management is not always the most exciting feature of a program, but these practices are not only in place to ensure the safety of youth, but your safety as well.
4-H volunteers were recently mailed a risk management information packet with the following materials (also included in the downloads section below):
1. Emergency Card- This card is for you to keep on you. We work with young people, and sometimes emergencies happen. In the event that you experience an emergency at a 4-H event, please use this card to assist you in contacting 4-H staff and working through emergency procedures.
2. 4-H General Program Policies and Practices- This tool was designed to help you all as volunteers assist in planning activities and having a general idea of our risk management system in MN 4-H. Please be sure to become familiar with these policies and practices. It is considered an expectations that all volunteers are aware of these guidelines.
3. Information Sheets (Club Tours, Water Activities and Parades)- These sheets were designed to help you plan safely for these more “at-risk” activities. Please review these sheets in addition to using the 4-H General Program Policies and Practices form when planning club activities.
It is also important for you to let the Extension office know when you are doing activities outside of your club meeting (swimming party, camping, etc.). Please try and also let the 4-H office know when your meeting date is being changed.
It is important that all 4-H volunteers are familiar with our  risk management policies. Please note that if you have any questions about activities you may be planning or thinking about starting, you are encouraged to contact the Extension office.


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