Policies for the Safety of Youth and Children
Dear Reverend Clergy, Parish Council Presidents and Youth Safety Parish Administrators,

THANK YOU to the 27 parishes that have already signed their parish contracts! We are extremely happy that you all are taking the safety of our Youth and Children seriously, and the Metropolis of Atlanta is on a fast track to completing our requirements.

Please remember that all parishes must comply by December 1 to host any youth ministry programs or events on the parish level (Sunday School) or to participate on a District or Metropolis Level Events (Retreats, WYR & HDF).
Complete by October 4

Even if you currently have a contract with Praesidium or any other company, this new contract must be signed and will replace any previous agreement.

(Should be going live in 7-10 days)

Potential Youth Workers will receive 2 emails from Praesidium and will have two weeks to comply.

  1. To submit personal information in order to obtain a background check (Screened)
  2. An invitation to watch the video courses and take the short quizzes (Trained)

  • Confirm that all Parish Youth Workers are Screened and Trained.
  • Send Parish Compliance Letter and will attach a complete roster of Parish Youth Workers to youth@atlmetropolis.org.
  • Insecure that no other individuals will be permitted to serve in youth ministry programs and event.
If you have questions, you may contact me at youth@atlmetropolis.org . If I am not available, you may bring all questions to Fr. Earl Cantos of the Department of Youth Safety Compliance at 480-440-2277 or YouthSafety@goarch.org.

Thank you for helping to protect all of our children and youth. You are doing a great service for all our Orthodox children.

Monica Gjerde
Youth, Education & Hellenic Culture Coordinator
Metropolis of Atlanta