[TheThinkTank] Youth Bike Programs and Insurance Policies

Cyclista Nicholas cyclista at inventati.org
Thu Aug 8 20:22:08 PDT 2019

cyclista Audrey,

I don't think you'd be acting responsibly unless you had background 
checks run on any staff working directly and unsupervised with youth. 
Exceptions might be made if parents attend along with the kids, or if 
the environment is highly populated (in other words, no one is ever 
alone with the kids).

Here in Ithaca we have an entity called the Ithaca Child Development 
Council that performs background checks, and essentially vets people. As 
I understand it, the ICDC then can share the information with the 
employer, but I'm not sure the latter happens in every case. There may 
be provisions where background data is confidential (I'd hope so).

You might want to look around in your community to see how the process 
happens - who the certifying authority is, essentially. What the process 
is will probably vary from locale to locale.

-cyclista Nicholas

On 2019-08-08 19:03, Audrey Wiedemeier wrote:
> Hello All:
> We here at the Bike Library are very interested in getting a teen
> program started. We have identified five young adults that have been
> knocking on the door, and have agreed to help get a youth program off
> the ground.
> What insurance do you have? (We are with WestBend and they don't allow
> anyone under the age of 18 to volunteer).
> Do you have language that supports the youth program that you use for
> your insurance?
> Do you require background checks when working with minors?
> Any information you have on starting a teen bike program would be
> greatly appreciated.
> Thanks much, y'all.
> Peace & grease,
> AUDREY WIEDEMEIER (She/her/hers)
> Iowa City Bike Library, Director
> 700 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City
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