2022-23 High School Leaders

August 2022

Dear High School Leaders,

We are so excited to work alongside you this year as you serve our middle school EDGE students and confirmandi. Your presence in these ministries has been a huge blessing to the adult volunteers, staff, and students. We are looking forward to another busy and blessed year. Thank you for your willingness to serve the Lord in this role.

In this letter you will find the code of conduct, requirements, and schedule for the year. We understand that life is busy, and you have other commitments. Because we rely on you for specific pieces of EDGE nights and retreats all dates listed below are required unless otherwise communicated ahead of time with Katie or myself.

Anna Blessing

Code of Conduct

  • Regular reception of the Sacraments and daily prayer are essential to ministry!
    • Weekly Sunday Mass attendance is required as a Catholic!
    • Monthly Confession is recommended.
    • Daily Prayer is necessary to live out your call as a disciple—this involves personal prayer, praying for the team, and praying for the youth you minister to.
  • Commit to living a lifestyle that honors and gives glory to God.
  • Your teammates and the youth you minister to will look to you as an example of how to be a disciple.
  • You must live by the commandments and teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Your personal relationship with Jesus comes first. You will hear us say this many times…you cannot give what you don’t have. We will work with you throughout the year to grow in your own faith and as adult we are striving to do the same. We are here to support you, but we can’t do it for you. Attending Mass and establishing a personal prayer life is essential not just for being a youth leader but it is a valuable life skill that will positively impact your life.
  • You are a role model and a representative of not only Divine Mercy, but also Jesus Christ beyond your leadership role in faith formation. When you are out in the community act as if Jesus were driving in the car with you, hanging out with you and your friends, or at practice.


  • Be respectful of others (The team, leaders, youth) and treat them the way you want to be treated.
  • Give whoever is speaking full attention.
  • Follow directions given by the Core Team, Youth Minister, and fellow members who are leading.
  • Adhere to the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Requirements.
  • Those under 18 the entire year must sign the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct and have 2 adults fill out Reference letters.
  • Those who turn 18 during the year must complete the E3 (Code of Conduct, background check, and VIRTUS training) during the program year.
  • Do to the personal nature of some discussions during large group and Men’s/Women’s session, no personal information shared by anyone may be shared outside of the group.
  • There is one exception to this rule: If a member of the Youth Ministry Team or another student becomes aware that a team member may be in some type of danger, appropriate action must be taken.
  • We will follow the same guidelines MSHSL has for policies on eligibility. This includes grades, school attendance, and alcohol/tobacco/drug policy.


  • You must be willing to encourage and challenge your other teammates on to holiness and to deepening their relationship with God and others.
  • You are committed to being vulnerable, open, and to encourage and challenge your other teammates on to holiness and to deepening their relationship with God and others.
  • Attendance is required at all meetings
  • You are expected to be present on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm and are NOT to leave the campus unless you have specific permission; this includes picking people up/dropping people off. Please eat before you come or bring food with you. We are responsible for you during these times, and your parents are told that you are here during these times, so we must respect that!
  • If you have 3 unexcused absences: your adult leader will have a check in with you to see how you are doing/what exactly is going on.
  • The nature of the ministry you are performing requires you to have a firm commitment, so we are doing our best to hold everyone accountable. If you know ahead of times that you have conflicts (sports, work, family events, etc.) we can be flexible! Unexcused absences would be not showing up, coming considerably late without notice, or making unnecessary plans on a Wednesday.
  • Communicate ahead of time when you are unable to be at a certain event. If we do not hear from you, we assume you will be there. Often, we will need to find someone else to fill your role so we need time to coordinate.
  • Good communication is key!!!   
If you are struggling with any areas of the Code of Conduct or have questions, please talk with an adult leader at any time during the year. We want to work with you and help you grow in holiness!
Code of Conduct for Youth Employees and
Youth Volunteers Who Interact with Children,
Other Youth or Vulnerable Adults

You are about to begin what could become a lifelong commitment to working or volunteering in the Church. It is a privilege to help carry on the mission of Jesus – a mission that no one takes lightly. As a minor, it is important that you understand and follow certain rules and guidelines, both for your own protection and for the protection of those to whom you minister. The Church takes the issue of misconduct very seriously. Any instance of misconduct will be evaluated carefully and you are urged to report misconduct that you see to your adult supervisor. Likewise, your own conduct must be beyond question. You have been entrusted with a responsible position and are expected to “Let your light so shine before all,
that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:16).
To ensure the safety of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, all minors who wish to be employed or wish to volunteer to interact with children, other youth or vulnerable adults at a parish and/or school and their parent/guardian must review and sign this Code of Conduct. In addition to this Code of Conduct (Code), youth will also be required to fulfill “Essential 3 Guidelines for Minor Youth” involving background evaluations (two written references) and safe environment training.

Please note that for the purposes of this Code the words “minor” and “youth” are used interchangeably and describe a person who has not reached the age of 18. The words “vulnerable adults” denotes persons with physical, mental, or emotional conditions that render them unable to defend or protect themselves.

This Code applies to youth conduct as it relates to their role interaction with minors or vulnerable adults on behalf of the Church.
While working as a youth employee or volunteer, I will:
 Protect and guide children and other youth (minors) and vulnerable adults entrusted to my care at all times.
 Treat everyone with patience, courtesy, respect, and dignity.
 Be positive, supportive, and caring in my speech and interactions with minors and vulnerable adults.
 Use positive words and encouragement to change behavior and encourage others to do likewise.
 Maintain appropriate physical and emotional boundaries with minors and vulnerable adults. Examples of permissible physical contact include:
Brief side hugs or an arm around the shoulder.
 Brief pat on the shoulder/upper back.
Hand-shakes or “high fives”
 Holding hands during prayer.
Holding hands while walking with young children or those unsteady.
 Brief touching of hand, head, shoulder or arm.
 Always be in the presence of an adult when interacting with minors or vulnerable adult. This means that an adult should be nearby to see and hear what I am doing and help me if I need assistance.
 Promptly report to my supervisor any inappropriate or bullying behavior.
 Promptly report suspected abuse to my supervisor or if it involves my supervisor, report the incident to the next person in a supervisory role, such as a principal or pastor.
 Cooperate fully in any investigation of abuse.
 Observe confidentiality when describing my work experiences to protect the identity of those whom I serve.
 Dress appropriately, consistent with my role and assigned activities, including not wearing any clothing with offensive or profane messages or pictures.
While working as a youth volunteer or employee, I will not:
 Use or possess tobacco products.
 Use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at any time.
 Be under the influence of prescribed drugs that impair judgment.
 Use or allow profanity in the presence of minors or vulnerable adults.
 Verbally or physically abuse or threaten anyone.
 Tolerate inappropriate or bullying behavior.
 Provide or allow sexually explicit, violent, disrespectful, or otherwise inappropriate communication, music, recordings, films, games, websites, computer software, mobile device application, or other content to be used.
 Touch a minor or vulnerable adult in an overly affectionate or inappropriate manner.
 Privately communicate (electronically or through any other communication form) with an unrelated
minor more than two years younger than myself or an unrelated vulnerable adult whom I serve when not working or volunteering.
 Accept gifts from or give gifts to minors or vulnerable adults without approval from my supervisor.
Acknowledgement and Consent

We, the undersigned, have read and understand the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis’ Code of Conduct for Youth Employees and Youth Volunteers Who Interact with Children, other Youth or Vulnerable Adults (Code) and will honor these rules.

I further understand and agree that I am subject to periodic background evaluations (two written references while under 18 years of age and a background check within two weeks of turning 18) and am required to participate in periodic archdiocesan Safe Environment trainings commensurate with my role.

I also understand that I may face consequences or discipline, up to and including removal from service and/or termination of my volunteer role for violations of this Code. We, the undersigned, understand and agree that the parent/guardian will be notified at the time of any infraction requiring dismissal from work or a volunteer assignment at the parish or school where the undersigned youth is working or volunteering.
Student Signature: *
Parent/Guardian Signature: *
The nature of serving as a leader is working with our middle schooler faith formation program. Students will be asked to lead small group, large group games, skits/dramas, give talks and testimonies. 
In a few sentences please tell us how you know the student and why you would recommend them to be a youth leader for Divine Mercy. 
Thank you!
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