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Carri Burgjohann

Office of Youth Protection Manager

P.O. Box 400294

Charlottesville, VA 22904-4228

434-964-8695

clb8eq@virginia.edu

What do you do day-to-day?

As the Office of Youth Protection Manager, I serve, communicate with, and resource youth programs as they seek to provide a fun, safe, and meaningful experience for youth and staff. I use tools like the University’s Protection of Minors and Reporting Abuse Policy (HRM-050) and my background in risk/compliance to ensure programs uphold the standards of the policy and see the value in protecting the youth they serve.

What was your profession prior to your role at UVA?

I’ve spent the last several years in the nonprofit ministry and scouting industries overseeing training, growth/retention of membership, facilities, risk and compliance, and youth protection.

What interests you about youth protection and/or why do you see value in the University's efforts around youth protection?

At the beginning of my career, I was a classroom teacher. Many of my students had experienced some form of trauma which lead to a series of events and ended in their placement in my classroom. Most days, all I wanted was to dive deep into life skills and social and emotional development with them. After being asked by an administrator why I would waste my time on those skills and told my efforts “wouldn’t contribute to raising test scores” for the school, I wanted to scale up the impact I could have and be part of turning the tide to doing the right thing for kids. My goal has always been to teach and serve in unconventional ways. This includes settings like higher education where many are surprised to learn how many youth are present on the grounds of a college campus each year. I’m grateful the University has prioritized the safety and well-being of children participating in programs here and look forward to when in-person programs return in a post-coronavirus world!

What are you most looking forward to seeing happen in youth protection at UVA in the next year or so?

I am looking forward to continuing to develop and strengthen relationships with faculty/staff across Grounds and at College at Wise. There are so many talented and dedicated people who serve at the University and I want to empower them to do what they do best—develop and offer powerful programming for youth. It’s a privilege to support them behind the scenes and collaborate with them to provide safe environments where youth can learn and develop skills not often afforded in traditional education settings.

Meghan Rapp

Assistant Vice President for Clery Compliance and Youth Protection

P.O. Box 400228

Charlottesville, VA 22904-4228

434-924-2131

mr2vy@virginia.edu

What do you do day-to-day?

I am the Assistant Vice President for Clery Compliance and Youth Protection. Day to day, this means I oversee the University’s compliance with the federally mandated Clery Act, which includes reviewing reports of crimes and incidents, training the University’s campus security authorities, or working with our colleagues to conduct emergency exercises. When I’m wearing my Youth Protection hat, I help to steer the University’s compliance with HRM-050, including creating systems and processes for this work and connecting with the many departments across Grounds that intersect with youth camps and programs.

What was your profession prior to your role at UVA?

I have spent most of my career in policy advocacy at non-profit organizations. I have also been a pre-K teacher, run a large retailer, and previously worked in academic compliance here at the University.

What interests you about youth protection and/or why do you see value in the University's efforts around youth protection?

The University acts as a de-facto community center for the greater Charlottesville area, and I want to make sure that we are operating with all the resources possible to make this a safe and fun place for kids! The University has so much to offer to the young people in Central Virginia, including the ones who are not enrolled here as students. Our hope is that we can provide camp directors with the framework and resources to operate safe programs so that they can focus on creating fun and meaningful content.

What are you most looking forward to seeing happen in youth protection at UVA in the next year or so?

I can’t wait to see lots of youth programs and camps on Grounds!

Updated 2/25/2022

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