Kansas 4-H and Atchison County Extension Cares About Kids
The 4-H promise says that we will provide a safe environment for youth enrolled in the 4-H program. This means that 4-H programs will be held in a safe location. It also means that our caring adults will complete a multi-step screening process to insue the safety of our youth.
4-H volunteers are unpaid staff representatives of Kansas 4-H and Atchison County Extesnion. A volunteer is an adult or teen who has successfully completed the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Service application process which includes completing an application, interview with extension staff, background screening, orientation, and appointment by the local extension board to serve as a volunteer. Serving as a 4-H adult volunteer is a privilege, not a right. Volunteers serve at the request of the extension board and are managed/supervised by the local agent(s) or a designee responsible for 4-H. The local board may restrict the initial or continued participation of volunteers in the 4-H program. Volunteer service in the 4-H program beyond the local level is contingent upon approved status at the local level. All volunteers must be registered and comply with the 4-H Volunteer Guidelines and Code of Ethics. Volunteers who assist with a single short-term learning activity are not required to complete the process. Volunteers repeating the this expereince should follow the volunteer appointment guidelines. Adults must have a completed and current Kansas 4-H Volunteer Service Application on file as required by the Kansas 4-H program. 4-H Volunteer Code of Ethics http://www.kansas4h.org/p.aspx?tabid=487
4-H Volunteer Screening Process
To serve as a 4-H Volunteer in Kansas, you must complete the 4-H Volunteer Screening Process. The process includes:
- Filling out and submitting a Volunteer Service Application (includes references & background check)
- Participating in a casual interview with county agent(s)
- Completing the 4-H Online Volunteer Orientation
Once the above steps are completed and your volunteer status is approved, you may begin working with the 4-H youth of Atchison County. For subsequent years, an easy 1 page volunteer renewal form is submitted annual
Volunteers are key to the 4-H program. They enable the 4-H program to grow and thrive. These individuals donate their time, efforts and skills so that the Atchison County 4-H program can excel. Staff and parents trust these volunteers to have the best interests of young people at heart.
Safety of young people is shared responsibility between volunteers, Extension staff, K-State Research and Extension, and the state. We need to do our best to protect young people through the implementation of a youth protection system. In Kansas, the youth protection system is the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Screening process.
Steps to become a Atchison County Registered 4-H Volunteer:
- Complete the Application and return it to the Atchison County Extension Office.
- Complete an in person interview with local county extension agents- Ray Ladd or Diane Nielson. Call to schedule your appointment.
- Provide references from 3 people using this form Note currently being revised for 2016-17 year.)
- Complete an oreientation session. Check back for online lins..
- Complete the Child Abuse Registry form and return it to the Extension Office.
- Submit your information for an online criminal background check. .
- When all parts are complete, staff will review the materials and submit to Board for approval.
Once you are a Registered Volunteer
- Fill out the renewal form annually.
- A CBC will be required every 3 years.
Who Must Complete the Volunteer Screening Process?
A volunteer, adult or teen, with authority to independently plan and conduct educational experiences for youth with other adults present or in a public setting OR a volunteer whose position puts them in close, ongoing, one-to-one interaction with youth must complete the VIP process.
Volunteer roles include, but are not limited to, judging team coach, community leader, organizational leader, project leader, camp counselor, camp assistant, Discover Days or other event chaperone, exchange trip chaperone, chauffeur for any 4-H activities, and county-wide project leader.
Volunteers who do not fit into one of the above criteria would be considered episodic and do not need to complete the screening.
The National Criminal Background Check (CBC) cost (as of August 1, 2014) is $22.50 for the first time it is conducted on a volunteer, $16.50 for all subsequent checks (every three years). At this time, these costs are covered by funding from Atchison County Extension Council, so there is no charge to volunteers.
The Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry check is free, the $10 fee is waived because Kansas 4-H is a Kansas Mentor Organization.