Using risk management tools and training to protect youth and adults in overnight settings

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Providing a safe environment for youth is an essential element for effective youth development programs. This article describes the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program's efforts in attaining this essential element through the Overnight Chaperone Program. Derived from a mixed-model, 33-item survey, results indicate that 98% of program participants gained information on how to create a positive environment for youth. Of those, only 31% indicated that they had received any related training previously. MuIti-faceted approaches that include screening and training are critical to providing safe environments for youth as well as increasing satisfaction among volunteers. Copyright © by Extension Journal, Inc.

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Journal of Extension

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