3.1.A. Supervision and Accountability
At a minimum, a .5 FTE Teen REACH coordinator must be committed to the program. This is especially true of multi-agency sites and collaborations. While other staff can be PTE (Part Time Equivalent), it is critical that monitoring, training, and
supervision time be scheduled on a regular basis.
Volunteers are defined as adults over 18 years old whose talents and time are given to the program, but who do not receive an hourly rate or salary. Volunteers can be recruited from faith based organizations, parents, local schools, local businesses,
and the provider's board of directors.
Adult mentors are considered volunteers, and should have the same information and structure as do other program volunteers.
Interns are individuals over the age of 16 whose role in the program is to assist staff while they are learning a specific aspect of the program. Each intern must have a file containing a basic job description, sign-in/sign-out sheets, documentation
of an orientation to the Teen REACH program and its goals. Interns must meet at least monthly with the program director or direct supervisor about their work and any issues involving individual children. The program director must have the sign in sheet
and name of the intern's supervising teacher.
3.1.E. Teen Employment
Paid student aide positions to assist adult group leaders should be treated as employees, complete with job descriptions; qualifications; supervision; evaluations; and time sheets. Employed teens are not considered as program participants, but should
appear on the program plan, under staff. Teens may be employed at age 16 or more; those with a work permit can be employed at age 14 or 15. Local high schools can be instrumental in helping teens obtain this document.
3.1.E.1. Teen Supervision Requirement
Teen employees (groups aides, teacher assistants, etc.) still in high school and/or under 18 years old cannot be used in place of adult employees, and
should not be left alone with groups of younger
children. Teen volunteers or interns must not be left unsupervised with younger participants.