Hiring and Approving Staff and Volunteers
Hiring and Approving Staff and Volunteers

All adults attending a youth focused event must be either approved adults under this policy or fall under the guest policy

In This Section

  • Adults ideal for youth ministry should have the abilities to: ...
  • An Adult Sponsor is an adult participant who attends an event with specific youth and is responsible for supporting those youth at the event. An adult sponsor can sponsor up to the number of youth that meets the youth adult ratio (generally 7 youth to 1 adult. See Youth: Adult Ratios in Supervision...
  • Background check requests should include a letter which clarifies that a criminal history is not an automatic disqualification for working with youth, but rather is the opening of conversation about the meaning of the offense and its relationship to youth ministry (e.g. convictions for civil...
  • Adults, who are responsible for youth or on-call, should not consume or be impaired by alcohol or other substances that impair functioning for the duration of the event or tenure of their responsibility. This includes not showing up impaired from previous consumption....
  • The UUA reserves the right to restrict or remove, temporarily or permanently, any adult from contact with youth at UUA events if it determines that the adult worker is no longer suitable for work with youth. Reasons for such a determination include, but are not limited to, arrests or convictions for...
  • This applies to youth in formal leadership positions, such as those selected or elected ahead of time as well as leadership positions where a youth has formal oversight over other youth, directs other youth leaders, formally mentors other youth, or has access to sensitive information about other...
  • UUA staff may remove or restrict, temporarily or permanently, any youth from UUA leadership positions if that youth volunteer is deemed no longer safe or appropriate for that role. The reasons for any temporary or permanent removal or any other terms of restriction will be documented and...

For more information contact youth@uua.org.

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