The safety and well-being of every participant, whether a minor or an adult, in a Rotary youth program is essential to the success of the program. Each volunteer who will plan or implement a Rotary youth program is required by a new California law to become Youth Certified by meeting the following new requirements:
  • Take training in protecting Minors from abuse and neglect.
  • Have a Live Scan (fingerprint) background check; and
  • Submit a Volunteer Application.
These new requirements to become Youth Certified are effective immediately. Detailed instruction for completing the requirements can be found here.  
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District Governor Chuck Pretto urges all Rotarians who want to work with youth in any capacity to become Youth Certified as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have a specific immediate need to be Youth Certified, you will be ready if an emergency arises (e.g., driving students to a service project, filling-in for another Rotarian at the last minute, etc.).
If you are currently Youth Certified under the old requirements, your certification will continue to be effective until March 1, 2023, at which time all volunteers in Rotary youth programs must be certified according to the new requirements.