New Volunteer Conduct Standards
Each year Junior Achievement conveys these standards to all volunteers to ensure that they have healthy, appropriate relationships with the youth they serve.
1. Young people look to adults for examples of appropriate behavior. JA volunteers must use appropriate language and model honorable behavior, such as respect, integrity, and honesty. Profanity or sexualized language or jokes are inappropriate when working with students, regardless whether it occurs face-to-face, over the Internet, or by any other means. JA strictly forbids violating any state law regarding interactions with youth; for example, providing them alcohol or legal or illegal drugs, or coaxing them into illicit relationships over the Internet or otherwise.
2. Volunteers must take particular care when touching youth. Most adults understand the difference between appropriate physical contact such as a handshake or pat on the back, and contact that is sexual or disrespectful. Volunteers also must be cognizant of how any physical contact may be perceived.
3. Interactions with students must both be appropriate and appear appropriate. It is expected that volunteers' interactions with students are at all times appropriate and professional, and are strictly related to the role of business mentor. It is unacceptable to seek or engage in one-to-one meetings with students at any time.
4. Because volunteers are viewed as mentors and role models to students, their use of social media should support a positive image in the event that students would view their posts or pages. JA volunteers must communicate on social media sites professionally and respectfully, just as JA would expect them to communicate were they present in person. All communications with young people must be appropriate, both in terms of the student's age and the relationship between the adult and student. JA volunteers should not actively "friend," "follow" or correspond with minor-aged students directly through common social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.
The aforementioned standards do not represent a comprehensive list. Other actions not included could result in suspension or dismissal as a volunteer. Junior Achievement takes all complaints of misconduct seriously. Credible allegations of misconduct will be promptly reported to the appropriate authorities. During any such investigation, the JA volunteer will not perform services as a JA volunteer. If an investigation determines misconduct occurred, it will result in the immediate and permanent dismissal as a JA volunteer.
Any JA staff member or volunteer who reasonably suspects misconduct must report these suspicions immediately to the appropriate JA staff.
I have read, understand, and will abide by these standards. Please click on the link to acknowledge this. I further certify that I have never been charged with violence, or any type of charge involving a child or young person, or, if I have, that I have fully disclosed in writing the facts regarding such a charge to my local JA Area.
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