FLOC Volunteer Application: 2019-2020 Opportunities 

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Volunteer Contact Information












Placement Information
2019-2020 School Year Volunteer Opportunities
Please read carefully and choose a curriculum/component, a preferred location, and date and time available. Feel free to select multiple.

Locations:
FLOC 1301 - 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC, 20003
AMCC - Adams Morgan Community Center at The Line Hotel - 1770 Euclid ST NW, Washington DC 20009
Sitar Arts - 1700 Kalorama Road NW, Washington DC 20009
Beacon House 601 Edgewood St NE, Washington DC 20017 



FLOC's City Leaders Program is a yearlong program designed to challenge and empower students to become effective leaders in within their local community. The City Leaders Program has 3 volunteer options:

Project Based Learning Coach: Volunteers work with a small group of students towards the development of the assigned STEAM related project. This is a semester or yearlong commitment. This school year, volunteers will be working on Self Portraits in the Fall Semester and a Podcast in the Spring Semester. Prospective volunteers should demonstrate knowledge in the production of these projects or be willing to work outside of program time to acquire knowledge to assist with these projects.

College and Career Readiness Coach: Volunteers work with high school seniors to complete all aspects of the college application process while guiding them through career exploration and workforce development. This is a yearlong commitment.

SAT Prep Coach: Volunteers tutor a small group of students to prepare for the SAT Exam and improve their scores. This is a semester or yearlong commitment.

Locations:
FLOC 1301 - 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC, 20003
Jubilee Teen Center - 1474 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC 20009


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*Completion of application does not guarantee a volunteer position with FLOC.

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Volunteer Policies, Agreement and Release

Dress Code

I agree that I will wear appropriate clothing to FLOC program sessions and shall avoid clothing with inappropriate or offensive material. I understand that FLOC staff reserves the right to inform me if my clothing is inappropriate and I may be asked to change my clothing or miss my program session. 
Volunteer Attendance Policy

Volunteers are allowed no more than 3 absences for the 2019-2020 school year. Failure to adhere to this policy could result in removal from program as well as no longer being invited to return to FLOC. We ask that you inform the appropriate program staff as soon as possible of any absences or if you are going to be running late. Additional absences will result in removal from program and placement on the wait list. FLOC staff will provide a school year calendar with scheduled absences and inform all participants of any unscheduled absences in a timely manner. 
FLOC Policies on Reporting and Corporal Punishment

FLOC is mandated by law (D.C.-Law 2-22. Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Act of 1977), to report child abuse and neglect. According to this law, an abused child is: “a child under 18 years of age whose parent, guardian, or custodian inflicts or fails to make reasonable efforts to prevent the infliction of physical or mental injury upon the child, including excessive corporal punishment or an act of sexual abuse or molestation.” Corporal punishment means the inflicting of pain or discomfort. Prohibited actions include but are not limited to hitting with any part of the body or with an implemented, pinching, pulling, shaking, binding a child, forcing him/her to assume an uncomfortable position, or locking him/her in a room or closet. “Emotional neglect is a significant impairment of the child’s emotional stability or mental health which interferes with his/her ability to function adequately and which is caused by action or inaction of person(s) responsible for care.”


This prohibition is in effect whether punishment is spontaneous or deliberate technique effecting behavioral change or part of a behavior management.

In addition to being mandated by law, FLOC believes that children, who have been abused (physically and sexually) and neglected in their birth families, should not be subjected to corporal (physical) punishment or emotional neglect in foster or adoptive homes. Therefore, the following policy is in effect:


Agency staff and volunteers may not use corporal (physical) punishment as a disciplinary method.

Agency staff and volunteers may not use emotional neglect or verbal abuse as a disciplinary method. 

 Agency staff and volunteers may not give others permission to use corporal punishment toward any child under the supervision of agency’s care or responsibility.

All instances of corporal punishment or emotional neglect must be reported to the D.C. Department of Human Services.


FLOC supports the use of praise and positive reinforcement to encourage students to behave appropriately. When discipline is needed, FLOC staff and volunteers will identify and facilitate consequences that are appropriate for the situation. FLOC staff and volunteers will NEVER use corporal punishment for behavior management.


FLOC Process for Reporting 

If a FLOC volutneer becomes aware of potential case of abuse or neglect of a student, he/she should:

If you become aware of abuse/neglect through conversation with a student, address the conversation in a calm, non-judgmental manner as possible. Do NOT ask questions or search for additional details, as you are not trained as a social worker or therapist. Simply listen and  redirect the conversation when possible.

Make a mental note (or a written not if possible) of the details of the conversation or situation, as the accuracy and detail in providing information can be critical in allowing FLOC to identify the appropriate course of action.

Inform a FLOC staff member about the incident. Depending on the situation, you may be asked to be involved in the process of reporting the situation to the D. C. Department of Health and Human Services. If this is asked of you, you will have the support and guidance of a FLOC staff member through the process. 
FLOC Policy on Volunteer and Participant Interactions 

Pursuant of FLOC's and D.C. Public Schools regulations, NTP tutors are prohibited from having outside contact with FLOC participants, including students and parents during the school year or after the completion of the school year. Outside contact includes telephone, e-mail or other electronic contact to include all social media or any other type of personal contact.

All volunteers receive police, child protective, and reference check clearances. These clearances only enable a tutor to work in a setting under the supervision of FBI-cleared FLOC personnel. Therefore, engaging in outside activity is a liability for the tutor, student, school and FLOC. Failure to adhere to this policy could result in direct removal from program as well as no longer being invited to return to FLOC. 
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