IEEE Activities with Children

IEEE is committed to providing programs that are both enriching and safe for all participants – including children.

Even though it is rare for Educational Activities volunteers and employees to work directly with children, it is important to become familiar with the new requirements.    

For more information please contact Burt Dicht (b.dicht@ieee.org), EA staff partner, Karyn Connor or Frank M. Giannattasio from the IEEE Office of Risk and Insurance Management Services at orims@ieee.org.    

You can access all of the procedures and tools on the IEEE Activities with Children page.

Important: IEEE volunteers and employees who do not complete the requirements are not authorized to participate in IEEE activities and programs that involve children. If you are currently participating in IEEE Activities that involve working with children or you plan to do so, you will need to complete the following:  

  1. Review IEEE Guidelines for Working with Children and Procedures for Working with Children.
  2. Register IEEE-sponsored programs involving children with the IEEE Office of Risk and Insurance Management Services a minimum of 90 days prior to the start of the program. 
  3. Complete online training provided by Praesidium, IEEE's partner.
  4. Volunteers and employees may also be required to undergo background screening.

Resources available on the IEEE Activities with Children page are:

Educational Activities EXAMPLES of Working with Children  
 
Even with the new guidelines and procedures, it might be confusing as to when a volunteer or staff member is required to register the activity and complete the training and background check.

  • Activities Organized by Outside Organizations (Other associations, universities, public schools, etc.)  A number of EA staff and volunteers participated in the Discover Engineering Family Day in Washington, DC last February.  This event was organized by DiscoverE. You might be invited to be a guest speaker at a school, or judge a science fair, or have a booth at a career day.  For activities and events like these where we are invited to participate by an outside group, there is no need to register the event or complete the training.
  • TryEngineering Summer Camps  
    Jamie Moesch, Burt Dicht, and S.K Ramesh all attended the camps and had some other volunteers attend and speak. The camps are being run by our partner, BCS and they already adhere to the strictest guidelines. All of the staff hired to work with the students/campers complete extensive training and background checks. If you are invited to speak at a future camp, there no need to complete the training/background check.
  • TryEngineering Together (e-mentoring program)  
    This program currently only involves IEEE staff members, but it is exempt from the guidelines. There is no direct contact between the individual and student and all of the staff members participating submit a background check through our partner, Cricket Media.   
  • Teacher in Service Program (TISP)  
    TISP workshops typically only involve teachers, but there have been occasions when students have participated.  These events are typically organized by local TISP champions and other volunteers. In the event a TISP workshop did involve students, this is a case where the volunteer organizers would need to register the activity and complete the training and background check.     

You might be asking why some activities require registration, training and the background checks?  The differentiator is the ability and opportunity to be alone with a child. For events organized by outside groups and speaking engagements, there is limited opportunity to be alone with a child, as most interactions are quick and involve third parties around to observe, including teachers and parents.  

Not everything Educational Activities does falls into the above examples.  We need to review every activity on an individual basis to make the determination.  Although it is good practice to err on the cautious side.  

For more information, please contact Burt Dicht (b.dicht@ieee.org), EA staff partner, Karyn Connor or Frank M. Giannattasio from the IEEE Office of Risk and Insurance Management Services at orims@ieee.org.