2021 Summer Camp - Volunteer Application  

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Summer semester will run from June 28th - Aug 6th, 2021

Join FLOC for our 6-week virtual summer academy! All volunteers will receive training and orientation to our curriculum and program layout. Full-time staff will offer continuous guidance to individual sessions. Let's keep our students showered with love, fun, and academic support this summer.

Please note, FLOC is located in Washington DC and all program times are in Eastern Time 

Please submit only ONE Application. Returning tutors, background checks carry over into new semesters for one year since completion date. 
Volunteer Contact Information

Placement Information
Summer 2021 Opportunities

Locations: Virtual

Feel free to select multiple. You must complete an orientation for each subject/program you wish to participate in. 

Personal Information

Date of Birth (Month/Day/Year)

Educational Information

Employment Information

Emergency Contact Information

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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 virtual 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

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 program cancellations and holidays. 
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 or verbal punishment for behavior management.

FLOC Process for Reporting 

If a FLOC volunteer becomes aware of potential case of abuse or neglect of a student, they 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 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. 
FLOC Anti-Bullying Policy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” Bullying includes not just physical violence, but also aggression that is verbal (threats, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments) and social (exclusion, rumor spreading, public embarrassment). As children increasingly use digital and online communications, cyberbullying has added an extra dimension of complexity to the problem. While FLOC can not take action against bullying, it is important for parent(s)/caregiver(s), children, and volunteers involved with our program to recognize the signs of bullying and understand how to take action if and when bullying occurs. The warning signs of bullying are detailed below. Signs that a child may be a victim of bullying include: ⦁ Unexplainable injuries ⦁ Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry ⦁ Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick, or faking illness ⦁ Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
⦁ Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares ⦁ Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school ⦁ Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations ⦁ Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem ⦁ Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide Signs that a child may be bullying others include: ⦁ Get into physical or verbal fights ⦁ Have friends who bully others ⦁ Are increasingly aggressive ⦁ Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently ⦁ Have unexplained extra money or new belongings ⦁ Blame others for their problems ⦁ Don’t accept responsibility for their actions ⦁ Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity At FLOC, we act as additional support to the children enrolled in our programs so we may help them prevent and/or cope with bullying. This policy, developed with stopbullying.org as a resource, addresses FLOC’s response to bullying of children in our programs. Parents/Caregivers, Volunteers, and Staff ⦁ Learn to recognize the warning signs that a child is involved in bullying. They may be the victim, the bully, or a witness to ongoing bullying. ⦁ Begin to open the lines of conversation about bullying before it becomes an issue. Check in often about friends, school, and any concerns the child may have. ⦁ Practice problem-solving and role-playing techniques with the child. This includes, but is not limited to, eye contact, stance, voice inflections, ignoring the bully, reacting in a different way than expected by the bully, walking away, avoiding possible conflict, and reporting incidents. ⦁ Believe a child if they report a bullying incident to you. Take the report seriously and follow the steps below according to your role with BBBSNCA. ⦁ Record all details of any incidents reported by a child. This includes name(s), location(s), date(s), type of bullying, and any other important details. ⦁ Mentors: If your mentee reports bullying to you, you must report the incident to the parent/caretaker and BBBSNCA support staff. ⦁ Parents/Caregivers: If a child reports bullying to you, the incident must be reported to the school or location where the bullying occurred. ⦁ Staff: If a child or mentor reports bullying to you, the incident must be reported to the parent/caregiver. Children ⦁ Speak up loudly and clearly. Tell the bully that you do not like their actions and/or behavior, if it feels appropriate. ⦁ Walk away from any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable. ⦁ Report the bullying incident(s) to a trusted adult immediately. ⦁ Seek involvement in activities that you find fun and interesting. ⦁ Talk to your teacher, parent(s)/caregiver, and/or mentor about your friends, activities, school, and anything that bothers you. Here at FLOC, we believe that each child in our program has the right to be treated with respect and supported by caring, trusted adults. This policy ensures those rights. 
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