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Keep youth safe when participating in 4-H programs

October is an exciting time for 4-H members, parents and Minnesota 4-H volunteers as clubs begin a new 4-H year.  It is also an important time of year to plan for risk and keeping youth safe as they participate in a variety of programs, activities and events.  

The University of Minnesota has put the Safety of Minors Policy in place, and it applies to all 4-H programs. As part of the policy, each 4-H club, group and activity must have a minimum of two active Minnesota 4-H volunteers designated as leaders. Also, all youth must be enrolled 4-H members before attending a meeting or event.

Refer to the user guides for club leaders and project leaders to verify volunteer and youth enrollment before meetings and activities start up. When volunteers and youth are enrolled they are covered by accident and liability insurance.

The keeping youth safe site has materials and tools to use when planning 4-H programs throughout the year.

  • To help assess risk before programs occur, complete the risk management program planning tool.
  • Become familiar with the overall policies and practices covering topics such as supervision, scheduling, emergency planning and procedures, facilities, room and sleeping arrangements, transportation, food safety and insurance.
  • A series of information sheets provide more detailed information on topics including youth protection, responding to emergencies, animals, activities and outings and project specific information.

Using the planning tool and risk management materials helps to ensure safe and healthy environments for youth and adults participating in 4-H programs and activities. Thanks for making Minnesota 4-H a place where all young people are safe!