Youth Protection Resources Conference

This conference also aims to stimulate discussion between the participating youth leaders about the proactive measures they are taking

Hello, Youth Leaders:

I am reminding you that our virtual Youth Protection Resources Conference is scheduled for this Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific).  This will be the 13th virtual conference our Zones 26-27 Rotary Youth Services Task Force has sponsored over the past several years — seeking to connect the leaders of our Rotary youth programs across the 30 districts comprising our two zones, and to strengthen those program by sharing innovative ideas and best practices.  We have learned so much from each other!

The purpose of this February 10 conference is to share some of the resources which have been developed to assist the leaders in our districts in operating programs which safely protect our participating youth, and which comply with Rotary’s Youth Protection Policies.  This conference also aims to stimulate discussion between the participating youth leaders about the proactive measures they are taking in their districts to protect their youth, as well as some of the challenges they are facing.

In addition to examining tools which Rotary International offers, Scot Smithee, District 5170’s Youth Protection Officer, will be presenting and discussing the services incorporated into the Youth Volunteers Management (YVM) System, which was developed by the late Mike Cloutier, in conjunction with APPX Software.

Mike Madden, District 5030’s YPO, will also be sharing a Youth Protection Visual Presentation he has created and is using for YP Training in his district.

The link to be used to register for this free, 90-minute virtual conference is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMucOuoqj0iHtIBZ9hhMR8MQAm5O7WUpPjZ

Hoping to see you online with us this Saturday.

–Art

2 Responses

  1. I assume what we are talking about here is protecting youth from sexual abuse and exploitation, and volunteers from allegations of the same. An excellent resource for that is the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection program. Required training for all volunteers for at least 25 years and updated periodically. Training must be renewed periodically so it remains present-of-mind and updates are absorbed by trainees. It covers rules to protect youth and adults, highlights behavioral signs of trouble and reporting channels. This is very similar to programs instituted in school districts in the County I worked in.

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