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Youth Volunteer Policy

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the safety of children on Austin Habitat for Humanity construction sites. The youth policy was approved by the Austin Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and Habitat for Humanity International.  Full policy language is available upon request.

Summary
While it is important that children be involved with the work of Habitat for Humanity, it is also important that they be engaged only in age appropriate activities. The most important issue is the safety and well-being of all children.

Youth, aged 18 and above may engage in all tasks available in New Construction, Home Repair, and ReStore. Home Repair and Blitz Build volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Youth aged 16-17 may engage in general new construction work, but are not permitted to use power tools or to work from a height of more than six feet. Volunteers age 16-17 are required to provide their own adult supervision (adult supervisor must be a parent or legal guardian over the age of 21). 

Youth aged 15 and younger are prohibited from working on an active construction site, however, they may engage in limited activities such as lunch sponsorship, landscaping or painting. Supervision of these youth will require a 1:5 adult to children ratio and projects are only available on a periodic basis. 

IN RECOGNITION OF FEDERAL LABOR LAWS AND THE POTENTIAL RISK TO CHILDREN’S SAFETY, NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 16 IS ALLOWED ON AN ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION SITE.

For questions regarding Youth Engagement contact Volunteer Services at 512-472-8788 xt. 106 or volservices@austinhabitat.org