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YOUTH PROTECTION GUIDELINES

Dear 4-H Leaders and Volunteers,

Please find below the Cornell Cooperative Extension: Youth Protection Guidelines for 4-H Leaders and Volunteers for 4-H Leaders and Volunteers. These guidelines were written to minimize the potential for child abuse and false accusations. We feel it is important for all of us, working with youth, to adhere to these guidelines.

These guidelines have been approved by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding these guidelines.

PDF:  Youth Protection Guidelines

What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of more than 6.5 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H'ers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities supported by the latest research of land-grant universities (Cornell University in New York). In Delaware County, thousands of youth between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in traditional clubs, special interest groups, and school enrichment programs.

PHOTO CLARIFICATION

Dear 4-H Leaders and Volunteers,

There have been some recent changes to the way we can publicize our 4-Hers accomplishments. We hope the examples given below will help clarify the situation. Some of you may notice they are different from what we published last month. We had a conversation and received clarification from our risk management company on what is permissible. We apologize for the confusion. The main point is to protect our children’s online privacy and keep them safe.

CCE PUBLICATIONS/NEWSPAPER

1.  Full names and towns are fine. No address. Example: Tim Chevy of Franklin wins herdsmanship ribbon.

2. Pictures with full names are fine. No address. Example: Tim Chevy and Dan Ford are shown walking dogs at the humane society. 

ONLINE/WEB

Pictures online may not have names or addresses. We already follow this policy. Example: camp weekly pictures, pictures taken at fair, and Facebook.

When you sign the Photo Release to join or reenroll in 4-H, this is how we will handle any photos taken. If you do not want your child’s picture taken, then don’t sign the photo release, and let us know.

Please contact Emily Roach or John Hannum, if you have any questions by calling 607-865-6531 or emailing esc33@cornell.edu or jth44@cornell.edu