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Keep youth safer with new guidelines

If Kiwanis is to remain the premier provider of youth service programs, Kiwanis must hold itself to the highest standards to protect the more than 300,000 youth in our care — and ourselves. The Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines are updated and the new rules go into effect October 1.

Clubs are now required to:

Educate and inform members about the new guidelines each year, using updated training materials including a presentation, guide and worksheet.

Have a clear background check of any member serving as an advisor to any Service Leadership Program club. Develop a club policy on background checks if you don’t already have one.

Report any troubling behavior to the appropriate personnel at an event and to law enforcement personnel, if appropriate, following all local, state, provincial and federal laws regarding reporting. The trainer’s guide will help you better understand what behavior is defined as troubling.

Kiwanians guard the youth in our care because it’s the right thing to do. The updated Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines will make that crucial responsibility easier. Visit www.kiwanisone.org/youthprotection and check out the archived webinar for more details. Or contact the Kiwanis member services team at 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 411, and by email at memberservices@kiwanis.org.



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