Student organizations sponsoring youth programs (any non-Stanford student under the age of 18), on/off-campus or as part of an online program, must consult with and receive prior approval from the university (through OSE) to ensure that California law and university policy are followed. This is true for all programs whether they are planned for a few hours or overnight.
The Haas Center for Public Service must also be consulted prior to the implementation of any tutoring, mentoring or off-campus community service programs. Athletic and recreational groups must also consult with Athletics/Recreation staff.
*In-person events are not permitted at this time due to COVID restrictions*
Specifics depend on the type of event, but most organizations will likely need to:
- Have an adequate and robust organization that has a history of approved youth programs and events.
- Receive approval to offer youth programs based on their approved organization's mission. See Working with Youth Guidelines.
- Register the event at least 8 weeks in advance. You may not reach out to youth, schools, communities, etc until you meet with an OSE advisor.
- Meet with an OSE advisor for a preliminary review of your plan. Afterwards, you'll receive a to-do checklist that includes some of the following:
- Register the event with OSE through Slack.
- Register the event with the University through ePOM.
- Recruit volunteers who are currently active members of your organization (e.g. currently registered students).
- For in-person events, guarantee a sufficient number of volunteers in order to maintain ratios (see table below).
- Virtual programs are exempt from the minimum staffing ratio, though one-on-one interactions are strictly prohibited.
- Complete the working with minors online training for volunteers.
- Ensure that volunteers working directly with youth complete a background check.
- Collect liability waivers from participants. Collect medical/emergency contact information for in-person programs.
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