Serving as a student chaperone is a serious responsibility.
We prefer chaperones are persons of good character that the students know and trust. For example; parents or relatives of students, church members, representatives from schools and community organizations students are associated with, etc.
First preference is given to parents of students, staff
members and volunteers of the foundation.
> All chaperones are screened and subject to a background check. <
The primary purpose of the chaperone is to provide safe travel experience, direction and support. Student needs may range from questions on preparing for travel, frustrations, or a medical emergency while on the trip. Although the chaperone should build a rapport with the students, the chaperone should not be concerned with being their “friend” but rather their group leader—someone who will take charge if an issue comes up, someone who will take disciplinary actions with students if needed, someone who will serve as a role model for students when traveling and interacting with people.
In addition, chaperones are expected to work with the Ride for CHANGE Ride for HOPE College Tour trip ommittee to ensure that trip goals are met. Chaperones are not expected to plan the whole trip, but may be asked to contribute to certain activities (e.g. setting agendas for meetings, preparing “getting acquainted” activities, etc.).
Chaperones should be participating in the trip with the purpose of helping youth maximize their experience—not for their own personal experience and/or personal travel.
Chaperone candidates should be involved with Ride for CHANGE Ride for HOPE College Tour trip activities and are selected based on proven leadership, counseling, and management skills. The chaperone should exhibit involvement and interest in the area of youth development. In addition, the chaperone criteria/requirements include:
Must be at least 25 years of age, otherwise a previous mentee of the Foundation now serving as a chaperone
Must be available for the full trip period, including any pre-departure activities
Should have experience traveling with young people
Pay $150 chaperone fee (covers travel, hotel and cost of background check)
Pay for own meals and miscellaneous spending expenses