Volunteer Code of Conduct

Thank you for volunteering! We could not do anything without you! In order to best serve our volunteers and our youth we have Codes of Conduct for all participants.

We are a  youth-serving, community-based organization. Participation in the organization’s programs is subject to the observance of the organization’s rules and procedures to ensure the safety of our students, staff, volunteers and families.


Respect. Promote a respectful community: Treat all volunteers, participants, employees and community members with respect, courtesy, and dignity.

Safety. Safety rules and guidelines have been created to keep you and others safe. Activities that pose a safety risk to yourself or others should be avoided.


Rights. Model behavior that respects the human rights of all people and protects beneficiaries and children from exploitation and abuse. We have adopted the standards established by the United Nations to respect the human rights of all people and especially beneficiaries and children. Help model acceptable behavior by making sure your actions reflect these standards.


Education. Our mission at all times is education and encouraging students to participate in speech and debate. Please reflect this at all times as a volunteer judge, coach or in any other position. Our goal is that students have a fun and educational time and want to participate in the next tournament.


The activities outlined below are strictly prohibited. Any participant or staff member who violates this Code is subject to removal from the program. We reserve the right to decline volunteer opportunities to any person at any time. The following activities are prohibited:


  • Communicating with program participants without the presence of our staff

  • Abusive language towards a staff member, volunteer or another participant.

  • Discourtesy or rudeness to a fellow participant, staff member or volunteer.

  • Verbal, physical or visual harassment of another participant, staff member or volunteer.

  • Actual or threatened violence toward any individual or group.

  • Conduct endangering the life, safety, health or well-being of others.

  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs or reporting to the program while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Possession of any unauthorized materials such as explosives, firearms, weapons or other similar items.

  • Failure to follow  agency policy or procedure.

  • Bullying or taking unfair advantage of any participant.

  • Failing to cooperate with an adult supervisor/leader/mentor.


Please contact us at anytime if you have any questions about volunteering and/or our codes of conduct. Once again, we cannot express how thankful we are for our volunteers that make everything possible.


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