In September 2017, the Foundation launched its newest program, the Shield of Protection Initiative. The Shield of Protection Initiative takes a holistic look at youth-serving organizations by thoroughly evaluating their child protection policies, procedures and programs, and offering concrete action plans that will enable them to better protect the kids in their care.
Based upon Beau’s conviction that “it is an adult’s responsibility to protect kids – it is not a kid’s responsibility to protect themselves,” the initiative helps organizations evaluate their level of competency in three areas: organizational policies and processes; staff, volunteer, and parent training’s and resources; and youth programming and education. After an initial assessment and review of the organization, the Foundation will create an action plan for improvement, and assists partners as they work to strengthen these pillars of child protection.
The support provided by the Beau Biden Foundation will target organizations in Delaware and the surrounding region as they secure a positive and safe environment for all children that enter their doors.