Wisdom Projects, Inc.—its organization, staff, partners, and employees—does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, cultural expression, ability/disability, body size, body shape, and veteran's status in any of its activities or operations. These activities or operations include, but are not limited to, provision of services; delivery of programming; employee hiring, firing, promotions, upgrades, and engagement; and selection of volunteers, vendors, collaborators, or partners. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, employees, partners, collaborators, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. We welcome staff, partners, and employees’ sharing of their selfhood, identity, or expression to gain reassurance of our nondiscrimination policy. Upon disclosure, we will address staff and employees with the names, pronouns, and identifications with which they wish to be identified internally within the organization and externally to the public. We endeavor to mediate all situations appreciably and invite staff and employees to dialogue openly with the Co-Directors if any problems or issues arise.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Standards for Fieldwork and the Workplace
Professionalism in Fieldwork and the Workplace
Respect in Fieldwork and the Workplace
Execution of Work
De-escalation and Conflict Management
CHILD SAFETY POLICY
We value extremely orderly, safe, and structured arrival and dismissal of youth and families to programming.
Dismissal: We execute the following measures to ensure safe, orderly, and well-structured arrival for all enrolled youth:
Arrival: We execute the following measures to ensure safe, orderly, and well-structured arrival for all enrolled youth:
We are committed to upholding the principles and procedures of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Our educational and health services involve longterm, multi-year whole-community transformation emphasizing deep, immersive, almost-daily engagement with youth, parents/guardians, and families. At the core of this immersive involvement depends on protecting enrolled community members' contact information, educational records, and health records in accordance with HIPAA and FERPA laws.
Community members often exhibit high levels of institutional distrust with good reason because many of the institutions that engage with them do so with sometimes great intentions, yet in paternalistic ways that break confidentiality and/or challenge the development of trustworthiness and cultural sensitivity.
Often the distrust comes from instances when community members are asked to be involved in research or interviewed for projects that carry no actual extensive, deep, holistic or material benefit for them. In contrast, all of our educational and health services are 100 percent beneficial to community members' well-being on multiple levels for the longterm and we do not ask for anything or take anything from community members.
Disclosing community members' contact information breaches our HIPAA and FERPA commitments. Asking them if it's okay if we give their contact information to others for research purposes (or other designs) also breaches our commitment. Moreover, when representatives from other institutions go around us to contact the enrolled community members that we serve, these actions also breed distrust and confusion.
Even if it appears to be okay on the surface, we have found that breaching confidentiality, or appearing to do so, has the potential to undermine the trust and care that we have spent years developing inside of communities. This trust and care is essential to our ability to recommend transformations in their lives as we offer educational and health services.
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