Safety is Our Number One Priority
At Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, there is nothing more important than the safety of our members. We work every day to create a safe, fun and educational environment that enables our members to reach their full potential.
We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind, including bullying, fighting, drug use, child sexual abuse or misconduct. From strict adherence to policies and guidelines within Club facilities and staffing structure, to equipping young people with the critical thinking and social-emotional skills to make healthy, safe choices, ensuring Club members are safe is the first step to their success.
For the nearly half a million young people who enter the doors of a Boys & Girls Club each day, Clubs offer safe, inclusive spaces and experiences that empower members’ learning and growth. And the data shows that our approach works:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake Tahoe continually updates and innovates robust safety policies, programs and training for Club staff and volunteers that are designed to protect young people from threats that are present in our society. These include but are not limited to:
- Mandatory criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers.
- A Board led Safety Committee elevating safety to the highest level of governance.
- A mandatory annual safety assessment and property review by local Fire Inspector.
- Any employee looking to move to another Club, MUST have a reference from the previous Club.
- Immediately reporting of any incident regardless of severity to the appropriate authorities and then to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
- Club code of conduct for all members and parents.
- Documented ICR system
- All staff trained in CPR
- Senior staff trained as child advocates
Boys & Girls Clubs of America advocated for the passage of the U.S. PROTECT ACT, which improved background screening systems and access, and is proud to partner with the following organizations to develop safety practices that benefit ALL youth-serving organizations.
Effective January 1, 2020, there is new legislation in California that expands the statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims by giving survivors until the age of 40, or five years from discovery that an injury or illness resulted from their abuse, whichever is later, to file civil lawsuits. The previous age limit was 26 or within three years of discovery. The new legislation also provides a three year window for survivors to file a lawsuit regardless of when the abuse occurred, which also opens on January 1, 2020. Any injury proven to be the result of a defendant’s concerted effort to hide evidence of sexual abuse may result in triple damages.