The Primary Purpose

The Youth Protection Policy is to ensure the safety and well-being of all youth participants, their families, volunteers and paid staff. Every new volunteer and all paid Extension staff participate in a process that fulfills the requirements of this policy. 

In North Dakota, volunteers with the NDSU Extension Service are considered 'unpaid staff' when they are functioning in an official capacity on behalf of the NDSU Extension Service.


The responsibility for the well-being of children lies with each and every one of us. The North Dakota State University Extension Youth Protection process is designed to help us carefully select volunteers who work with our youth development programs.

Please direct your questions to:

Leigh Ann Skurupey, Interim Chair
Center for 4-H Youth Development
FLC 219, Dept. 7280
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: (701) 231-7259
Fax (701) 231-8568
Email: Leigh Ann Skurupey

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