Project Leader Fall Meeting & Orientation
September 29, 2014
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sherburne County Government Center, Board Room
Make sure you save the date for project leader training!
This is a required training for all Sherburne County Project Leaders, new and existing.
Training will include useful logistical information, clarification on clubs vs. projects, and the role of a PDC (Project Development Committee).
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Changes in policy and practice to ensure the safety of minors
In June of 2013, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents adopted a policy to ensure the safety of youth under eighteen who participate in University of Minnesota sponsored programming including 4-H Youth Development programs. We at the Center for Youth Development are pleased to report that the University has adopted many of the existing practices of 4-H across the board because we are so diligent about the safety of our youth and adult participants. Overall, the new policy will minimally change the day-to-day operations of our program; however, there is one significant change which we wanted to take some time to explain to you.
Under the new policy, adult volunteers with 4-H Youth Development will now be considered mandated reporters in suspected instances of child abuse and neglect (along with paid employees of the University of Minnesota who work with minors). Previously, volunteers were told to report concerns to staff; now, volunteers will report directly to a local child protection service. Additionally, all volunteers will be required to view a 20 minute video that explains their role in keeping minors safe while participating in University-sponsored programs. New volunteers will complete this training as part of their enrollment process; existing volunteers will complete this training as part of the re-enrollment process. The training will be available online for volunteers to complete independently. Depending on your local programming structure, you may be able to complete this during an in-person training session. Completion of the training will be tracked in 4HOnline. Similar to last year’s adoption of a volunteer code of conduct, all volunteers will not be fully enrolled and approved for volunteering until this training is completed.
Thank you for doing your part to help Minnesota 4-H Youth Development keep youth safe by completing this required training in a timely fashion. We appreciate your service and dedication to Minnesota’s young people!
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