We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct. California Destination Imagination continually updates and innovates robust safety policies, programs and training for staff and volunteers, that are designed to protect young people from threats that are present in our society.

CALDI Volunteer - Student Interaction Guidelines

Our plan to protect every student participating in the CALDI program starts with our Volunteer – Student Interaction Guidelines. This policy is for the safety of students and volunteers at all CalDI events and activities in which volunteers and students are present together.

CalDI recognizes the sensitive nature of interactions between volunteers and students and ensures student safety is free from real or perceived inappropriate behavior. Interactions between volunteers and students will be in settings that are observable and interruptible and occurs in a place and manner that is known by another adult volunteer.

Complete Policy Statement: Policy

Destination Imagination Inc. - 
Youth Protection Plan

Destination Imagination, Inc. provides educational experiences where team members can thrive, learn, and have fun in a safe and caring environment.

We have systems to inform everyone involved in our educational experiences about our Youth Protection Policies and Procedures and provide assistance to help our volunteers and Affiliates in meeting our standards.

The purpose of the Destination Imagination Youth Protection Policies and Procedures (DI-YPPP) is to provide all Destination Imagination participants (to include Team Managers, Appraisers, Challenge Masters, Affiliate Directors, Regional Directors, employees, others working with Destination Imagination, team members, parents and guardians of team members) with knowledge, policies, procedures, and guidelines to create safe experiences for everyone participating in Destination Imagination Educational Experiences.

Complete Policy Statement: Youth Protection Policy

CALDI Background Check

As part of our youth protection plan the California Destination Imagination (CALDI), the Board of Directors has decided to require all Staff, Team Mangers, and Appraisers registered with CalDI to obtain a background check from Sterling Volunteers.  This background check must be renewed annually.

Noncompliance will result in removal of a person from their position or denial of any position in CalDI.

Policy Statement:

All CalDI Board Members, Affiliate and Regional operational staff, Team Managers, and Appraisers are required to order a background check from Sterling Volunteers and to share the results with CalDI. CalDI recognizes only Sterling Volunteers criminal history background checks. This must be performed annually with the individual paying for each check.

Any person who does not pass their background check will be notified and can contact Sterling Volunteers for an explanation and further possible actions. Otherwise, persons not passing the check will be considered not eligible resulting in immediate denial of the right to hold any position in CalD

Background Check FAQS

Question: Who is required to have a background check?
Answer: All Team Managers, and Appraisers will be required to obtain background checks. Additionally all California Destination Imagination Staff (Affiliate Directors, Affiliate Board Members, Affiliate Challenge Masters, Affiliate Operating Committee members, Regional Directors, Regional Committee Members, Regional Challenge Masters) will also be required to obtain background checks.

Question: Will Assistant Team Managers also be required to obtain background checks?
Answer: Assistant Team Managers are Team Managers so they also need to obtain background checks.

Question: Why is California Destination Imagination requiring backgrounds checks?
Answer: The is part of our commitment to provide a safe comfortable environment for the youth in the program.  Background checks are only one part of our ongoing youth protections efforts. Education materials and additional policies along with training in youth protection are in development.

Question: Where do we obtain these background checks?
Answer: Background Checks must be obtained from Sterling Volunteers.  When you login to  MyCALDI, you will be sent an email which will contain instructions on how to obtain the check.  There will be a unique link to Sterling Volunteers to obtain your background check.

Question: Where can I find more information about Sterling Volunteers and how will my background check information be handled?
Answer: Detailed background check information will be housed at Sterling Volunteers.  The only people at California Destination Imagination with access to this information will be the California Destination Imagination Affiliate Director/s. 

Question: How much will it cost?
Answer: Staff members, Team managers and Appraisers are required to obtain la Level 2 background check for $17.00.

Question: Who pays for background checks?
Answer: The person obtaining the background check pays for their check.

Question: How often will we be required to renew our background check?
Answer: Your background check need to be renewed annually.  When you pay for a background check you are actually paying for the initial background check plus monthly rechecks for a year.

Question: I already have had a background check from other agencies.  May I send you a verification of that background check?
Answer: No, California Destination Imagination only accepts background checks at the appropriate level from Sterling Volunteers.

Question: I already have a background check from Sterling Volunteers.  May I share that with you through Sterling Volunteers?
Answer: Yes, as long as the background check level is appropriate for your role in California Destination Imagination.

Question: I went to Sterling Volunteers to obtain a background check and was asked for a “Good Deed Code.”  What is that?
Answer: A Good Deed Code identifies to Verified Volunteers the organization for which you are obtaining a background check along with the level required.  Go to MyCALDI and click on the Background check link on your homepage.

Question: What happens if I do not either get a background check or I am deemed to be ineligible?
Answer: You will not be allowed to be a volunteer associated with or hold any role in California Destination Imagination that requires a background check. Your Region Director will be notified of you ineligibility.

Question: What if I disagree with results of the Sterling Volunteers Report?
Answer:   SterlingVolunteers will provide you with a detailed result of you background check. If you disagree with the results, you have the right to contest the findings.