Central Austin Young Life
Keeping Kids Safe

The safety of kids is a priority in Young Life. Our staff and volunteer leaders know they are responsible for modeling lives of hope and integrity.

Young Life's Standard Practices for Keeping Kids Safe:

»All Young Life staff and volunteer leaders go through a careful screening process that consists of an application, interview(s) and character references. Criminal background checks are completed on all staff and volunteers.

»As part of the screening process, staff and volunteer leaders are given access to our Staff Resources Site to read Young Life’s Faith and Conduct Policies. The policies include Young Life’s:

Statement of Faith
Mission Statement
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Sexual Harassment Policy
Conflict Resolution Guidelines

»The Faith and Conduct Policies are followed by an acknowledgment page where staff and volunteer leaders indicate they have read, believe in and agree to support the Statement of Faith and Mission Purpose Statement. This agreement also indicates they understand and agree to abide by the Misconduct, Sexual Harassment and Guidelines for Conflict Resolution policies.

»Applicants also complete a Background Questionnaire in which staff and volunteer leaders must disclose, as permitted by state law, any criminal convictions, unlawful misconduct allegations regarding children or sexual misconduct as well as any dismissal or reprimand from a church, denomination or other religious organization because of sexual misconduct or inappropriate, immoral behavior.

»Young Life is structured so that field staff and volunteer leaders all have trained supervisors.

»The Human Resources department trains new Young Life field staff on maintaining appropriate boundaries in relationships with kids. The Human Resources department also trains area directors on how to screen and train their volunteer leaders.

Creating an Atmosphere of Acceptance

At a time when bullying between middle school, high school and college students is a growing concern among parents and educators, Young Life seeks to have a positive impact in the communities of which we are a part. Young Life leaders model acceptance and love for all kids, and we encourage students involved in our programs to do the same.