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Background Check Policy

NFTE offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that match volunteer expertise and availability to program activities. Some of NFTE’s high impact roles, such as business advising and coaching, offer volunteers the opportunity to share business and personal insights with students in a one-on-one or small group setting. Because these interactions encourage individual conversations and sometimes personal sharing with minors, they may require a background check for volunteers depending on the role and the setting. Background checks for applicable volunteers are automatically repeated monthly and must be resubmitted by volunteers on an annual basis.
 
 
Background Check Requirements by Role & Setting
 
Role
Description
In-School*
Out-of-School
Coach
Through one-on-one and group sessions, Coaches assist students with various aspects of developing a business plan, crafting a strong business pitch, and presenting before a panel of judges.
Not Required**
Not Required**
Advisor
Through on-going sessions, Advisors provide curriculum-aligned business insight, consistent collaboration and motivation, and opportunities for students to expand their professional network.
Required
Required
Guest Speaker
Guest speakers share their professional stories or give a lesson on a specific business topic to highlight important startup concepts and inspire innovative ideas.
Not Required
Not Required
Judge
A panel of business professionals and community leaders evaluate and provide feedback on student business pitches during NFTE’s culminating competition series.
Not Required
Not Required
 
*Schools, districts, and states may have Background Check Policies that supersede NFTE’s Policy for in-school volunteer engagements. Local requirements are provided by the NFTE regional office team.
 
**Upon request, Volunteer Partners must verify, in a manner acceptable to NFTE, that all employees have undergone adequate background checks prior to engagement.

 

If you have already registered as a volunteer and need to complete your background check, click here.

To register as a volunteer, click here.

Click here to download our Background Check Policy.


Partner: Verified Volunteers
 
Verified Volunteers is the only background check platform tailored to the specific needs of the service sector and the first online community to mobilize repeat, vetted volunteers. Verified Volunteers is backed by Sterling Talent Solutions, one of the world’s largest background screening companies, and partnered with Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Verified Volunteers partners with some of the nations largest volunteer organizations such as Girl Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, and the YMCA.
 
Volunteers are able to review their background check results once processed and share their results with other organizations.
 
Click here to download the Verified Volunteers Security Whitepaper.
 
 
Background Check Packages
 
Advanced Criminal Package
  • Social Security Trace
  • Government Watch List Search (OFAC)
  • 50 State DOJ Sex Offender Registry (Dru Sjodin/NSOPW)
  • Advanced Criminal History Locator Search including:
    • Nationwide Database Search with primary source validation
    • Automatic current county/state of residence search
  • Monthly Basic Criminal History Locator Search (up to 1 year)
 
New York ONLY
  • Social Security Trace
  • Government Watch List Search (OFAC)
  • 50 State DOJ Sex Offender Registry (Dru Sjodin/NSOPW)
  • Nationwide Database Search with primary source validation
  • Monthly Basic Criminal History Locator Search (up to 1 year)
 
Philadelphia ONLY (Click here for full PA Policy & Process)
  • Advanced Criminal Package + PA Child Abuse Registry
    • Required by State