EAA Special Event Station 2016 - Youth Protection Program

Hello EAA Volunteers,

I have just received this information regarding volunteer workers for the EAA
Kidventure area. Be sure to participate in this program so you can participate
in the 2016 FCARC EAA Special Event Station, July 27 thru 31 2016.

(January 21, 2016) - As EAA approaches the 25th anniversary of EAA’s Young Eagles program, we can celebrate the success it has been for nearly 2 million young
people. One of the biggest reasons for this success is by volunteers making the
flight experience a positive, memorable one.

Continuing that positive legacy means maintaining EAA’s high standards that have
been part of the organization since Paul Poberezny founded it 63 years ago. Last
week, Young Eagles volunteers were sent information regarding some
administrative changes that keep EAA in step with best practices that are common
in youth education and recreation programs throughout the nation, ranging from
scout programs to youth sports leagues.

The new Youth Protection Program, which was first introduced as a concept in
newsletters during 2015 to Young Eagles chapter coordinators and pilots, as well
as at AirVenture 2015, will involve many EAA volunteers who work with young
people. It will include online best-practices training and a basic background
check to create the safest environment possible for young people in our programs
and to protect our volunteers.

This training is available to all EAA volunteers who work with youth and Young
Eagles pilots, chapter coordinators, and field representatives, free of charge,
at: www.eaa.org/youthprotection . We encourage you to participate early, as we
will require that all participants in EAA and EAA chapter activities that serve
youth to have successfully completed the training by May 1, 2016. After that
date, EAA and chapter programs for youth will require full compliance with the
training and background checks.

If you’re wondering whether your volunteer activities should comply with the
training and background check, review the Frequently Asked Questions sheet at
the website mentioned above. In the first few days of access to this website,
nearly 1,000 EAA volunteers have already completed the training and background
check process, and we appreciate their prompt action.

The company working with EAA in this process, AmericanChecked, is among the
leaders in the industry and works with many colleges, school districts, and
governmental agencies. A top priority of the exhaustive process to select the
right company to work with EAA and its volunteers was the safety and security of
any data collected. More information on that is available on the FAQ webpage,
and we welcome questions and suggestions at any time at feedback@eaa.org.

EAA’s programs have earned an outstanding reputation because of the volunteers
and our organization. We aim to maintain that reputation and instill the youth
protection guidelines and culture that parents and guardians seek in all
programs for their kids.

Jon Oldenburg AB9AH
EAA Special Event Station Coordinator