Policies do not have to be complicated. A simple and direct youth volunteer policy statement is best and can be developed in the following way:
- Firstly, organise a task team of interested and available staff who will be responsible for developing the policy. Involve your volunteers as part of the team.
- Draw on documents like your vision and mission statements, the constitution and by-laws of the organisation, and the current strategic plans as reference points in developing your policy.
- Use different methods and approaches, such as group discussions and consultations with key staff.
- Develop a draft policy and circulate to the whole organisation for information and for their comments. This will also help to get buy-in from employees around hosting youth volunteers and help to avoid any negativity.