Youth Volunteer Policy
WRIR is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with the Virginia Center For Public Press. WRIR trusts its youth volunteers to be responsible, self-sufficient and mature members of the WRIR community. Students can earn community service hours by volunteering at the station. It is up to the student to provide the necessary paperwork or forms needed to document his/her volunteer hours for WRIR to authorize. To be a youth volunteer at WRIR, you must (1) fill out the volunteer application found at www.wrir.org, (2) complete this form with your parents/guardian, (3) attend an orientation with WRIR station volunteers or come to a committee meeting (email [email protected] for the schedule).
As a youth volunteer, you understand:
- WRIR does not conduct background checks on its volunteers. WRIR volunteers are vetted through training and interactions with current volunteers. The station also welcomes musicians, artists and citizens. As a result, youth will be in the building with other volunteers and members of the community.
- Youth volunteers are not allowed in the studio after the city’s curfew of 11 p.m.
- Any WRIR volunteer may not drink or do drugs on the station premises, including outside on the studio’s porch. People who are of age may smoke on the back porch.
- Youth under the age of 14 are allowed to use WRIR computers and equipment only when accompanied by a parent or guardian who is trained as a WRIR volunteer on the station’s studio and electronic equipment.
- Youth over the age of 14 are allowed to use WRIR computers and equipment only after being trained and approved by a WRIR volunteer, preferably a WRIR committee chair or board member.
- All equipment at the station is for WRIR use only and not personal use. A youth may only be in the studio for the purpose of volunteering.
- When recording, it is necessary to close the doors to the studios. A youth volunteer may be in a closed studio if he/she is (1) working alone or (2) working with two other adults who are not related. Otherwise, a youth volunteer is allowed to work with another adult volunteer if the studio door is kept open. The adult WRIR volunteer must be one who is involved on the same project/committee as the youth volunteer.
STATEMENT OF LIABILITY The Virginia Center for Public Press nor WRIR are not responsible for personal injuries or property damage suffered or caused by a volunteer in connection with his or her volunteer activities. As a condition to serving as a volunteer, each volunteer is expected to maintain his or her own insurance covering these and other risks. CONSENT AND RELEASE I hereby authorize The Virginia Center For Public press and WRIR, its affiliates or those acting with its permission to use, reproduce and distribute my name, voice, likeness, photograph and/or any other representation of me in connection with printed materials or other media it distributes, displays, transmits or exhibits.