[TheThinkTank] Youth Bike Programs and Insurance Policies
jodyvick at gmail.com
Fri Aug 9 10:00:21 PDT 2019
Hi, I'm an LCI and registered my youth courses on their website, so that
covered my personal liability. I partnered with a Neighborhood Development
Organization and was able to do an insurance rider added on for each season
through them. It wasn't until my second or third year that it occured to us
I should do a background check and we went to where they gather and screen
my fingerprints. I had an earn a bike summer camp where 10 kids were riding
on city streets w myself and 2 rotating volunteers for 5 days a week, ages
10-13. There were never any issues or inquiries.
Noteworthy, it was a very underserved community and I did all the grant
writing to cover the expenses, so I was able to offer camp for free, and
provide breakfast and lunch, so I believe families were just super glad to
have it in an environment without many other similar outlets. There may be
far more scrutiny in other communities. I had a solid three year run
without any issue.
Hope that helps!
On Thu, Aug 8, 2019, 10:41 PM Cyclista Nicholas <cyclista at inventati.org>
> 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
> > HOURS: Sat. 10-3, Mon. 5-7, Tues. 6-8,
> > Wed. 6-8, Thurs. 6-8, Fri. 4:30-6:30
> > BikeLibrary.org 
> > C: (515) 450-1651
> > Links:
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