Youth Protection Program
The Manitoba 4-H program is a mentor-based, positive youth development model that strives to ensure a safe, constructive and family-friendly environment for both members and volunteers. In order to ensure the safest possible environment for our young people to learn and grow, all leaders in a position of trust, including those parents leading only their own children, must complete this screening. This is important not only to maintain the integrity of YPP but, because of the many opportunities 4-H offers, there is always the potential to be responsible for children other than your own. The YPP Committee strives each year to improve the screening process which was introduced in 1996.
4-H YPP involves a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check, a Child Abuse Registry Check and a Reference.
WHEN AND WHO?
Returning leaders who are required to renew their 3-year check will begin the YPP process in March, with the objective of having the checks completed by June. Leaders will then be screened and ready for start up of the new 4-H year in September.
New leaders will begin the YPP process at club reorganization and be completed by December; however, new leaders must be accompanied by another screened volunteer until their screening has been completed.
The following people must also be screened:
- 4-H members once they reach their 18th birthday
- Future Leaders Club members
- Chaperones for 4-H events
- All 4-H host family members over the age of majority still residing in the family home
Screening forms are available from your club Head Leader or the Manitoba 4-H Council office.
The Manitoba 4-H Council respects the privacy of the 4-H volunteers. The information collected through the YPP is used only for the volunteer screening process and released only to the related screening agencies. Only the end results of your acceptance or removal will be released to the Head Leaders.
Toll free: 1-844-728-8111
Privacy Officer contact number remains at 204-726-1914.