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Organizing Youth in CCL: Guidance For Our Chapters

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Young people have a huge stake in the outcome of humanity’s efforts to deal with climate change. CCL welcomes minors (people under the age of 18) and appreciates their contribution to both CCL’s work and the broader climate movement. We also realize that not only is it important to provide a safe space for youth engagement, but we are legally and morally obligated to do our best to provide conditions for their safe participation. 

We’ve created these guidelines to help you safely support youth participation in CCL’s work. Youth and minors both refer to people under the age of 18 in this training.

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Joining CCL

All youth may join and access CCL Community the same as adults.

Permission slips

Youth do not need a permission slip when they are participating in a CCL activity with their parent or legal guardian. It is up to the parent/guardian to decide in consultation with the group leader when it is appropriate to include their young people. Requirements vary for minors who are not accompanied by their parent, depending on their age and the type of activity, as discussed below.

Privacy

It is especially important to follow CCL privacy policies regarding all contact info, including all minors' personally identifiable information. Limit the sharing of contact information to only the people who need it for a specific purpose. Volunteers in leadership positions should only have access to the personally identifiable information (for both adults and minors) deemed necessary to perform their role. For example, it’s necessary to know a person’s name, email address, and phone number so that we are able to contact them in support of our work. 

Participation of youth in their community

Youth are welcome to participate in CCL chapter meetings and public events organized by CCL as appropriate to their age level. This includes both virtual and in person activities. Youth who are 16 and 17 years old do not need a permission slip to participate in activities in their local community. Minors under the age of 16 who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian should email a signed permission slip to membership@citizensclimatelobby.org and the group leader or event organizer. Permission can be granted to cover a period of time up to a year.

Participation in regional and national conferences

All minors (everyone under the age of 18) are welcome to attend with their parent, legal guardian, or a chaperone designated by a legal guardian. All minors must supply a signed permission slip indicating with whom they will be attending the conference. The parent, legal guardian, or chaperone attending with the minor must also be registered for the conference. Minors participating in our D.C. lobby days must have a designated chaperone with them throughout the lobby day. This continues our current practice, which is incorporated into the conference registration. 

Transportation of youth

If transportation in a private vehicle is provided to minors (all ages), there needs to be two adults present in the vehicle.

School based groups and activities

Middle and high schools can offer many opportunities for engaging with youth either as an on-going school club or for particular events and activities. CCL volunteers should learn and comply with all school policies when working in a school-based setting. 

Youth CCL committees or activities

Although we don’t offer youth chapters, CCL chapters can establish a youth committee or sub-group as part of their chapter. There must be two adults present at all times during in-person meetings and activities. Only one adult is needed for virtual meetings. Whether virtual or in-person, all minors under the age of 16 must supply a permission slip from their parent or legal guardian, emailed to membership@citizensclimatelobby.org and the committee leader or activity organizer.  Minors who are 16 or 17 years old do not need a permission slip to participate in CCL youth committees or activities.

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