Professional Code of Conduct

Why Professional Code of Conduct?

Many organizations have their own professional code of conduct that outlines the proper, professional, and ethical practices within and outside the organization. The NAD expects that the contestants abide by and respect the Professional Code of Conduct as they are demonstrating the vision, mission, and goals of the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP).

As a YAP contestant, you are representing deaf and hard-of-hearing people of your community and competing for a high-profile role at the national level. The NAD emphasizes that the rules are NOT made to be broken, but are laid out to serve as guidelines and to ensure fairness to all contestants from the beginning of the application process to the end of the competition.

Every individual has a unique perspective and so is yours. Your personal perspectives and opinions reflect on how you behave. You, as one of the contestants, will become a public figure and you need to know what is appropriate and inappropriate in public and in private.

The NAD is an equal opportunity organization that embraces diversity and inclusiveness as core values in achieving its mission. It is the philosophy of the NAD that diversity encompasses a wide range of human abilities, perspectives, languages, cultures, races, genders, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disabilities, and socioeconomic status. The NAD does not tolerate any form of disrespectful behaviors and discrimination.


Professional Code of Conduct

The NAD Professional Code of Conduct serves four purposes:

  • identifies the mission and vision of the YAP that contestants are expected to demonstrate.
  • describes the professional behaviors and expectations that contestants are to follow.
  • refers as a guideline that contestants are responsible to consult when professional conflicts arise.
  • serves as a guideline that the YAP and the NAD can use for disciplinary procedures and consequences for any violations.
PURPOSE ONE—Mission and Vision

Mission—Transforming aspiring young deaf and hard-of-hearing leaders into innovative advocates through a collaborative community-based competition.

Vision—Developing civic engagement and social responsibility among young deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals through challenges that emphasizes on visibility, innovation, and sustainability.

PURPOSE TWO—Professional Behaviors and Expectations

I.               Illegal Activities—you must not be engaged in any illegal activities such as drug trafficking; human trafficking; drinking under influence; underage drinking; gambling; or any other activities that violate the law. An act committed in violation of a law will result the disqualification of your participation in the Youth Ambassador Program.

II.             Insubordination—you must not be insubordinate from the beginning of your application to the end of the competition by turning in paperwork and videos late; showing up late for the activities; not actively participating in activities; using phones/pagers in activities; not showing up in activities; demonstrating inappropriate affections like fondling and overt kissing; and, any other insubordination that disrupt the program. An act of insubordination will result in going through the mandated disciplinary procedures with the Director of Youth Programs.

III.          Disrespectful behaviors—you must not be disrespectful by expressing any form of discrimination; making any offensive or racial slurs; swearing or cussing to others; causing abuse or harm to others; engaging in or encouraging bullying and cyber-bullying; posting inappropriate pictures or comments in social media; and any other behaviors that demonstrate disrespect to others. Any form of disrespectful behaviors will result in going through the mandated disciplinary procedures with the Director of Youth Programs.

IV.          Misrepresentation of Youth Ambassador Program—you must not misinform about the YAP; sharing confidential or false information about the program in general; or engaging in any other activities that can harm the image of the program. Any form of misrepresentation will result in going through the mandated disciplinary procedures with the Director of Youth Programs.

PURPOSE THREE—Guidelines for Contestants

You, as one of the contestants, are responsible:

  • to review and understand all professional behaviors and expectations as stated in the Professional Code of Conduct;
  • to familiarize with the standards, rules, and laws;
  • to consult with Youth Ambassador Program if you experience a behavioral dilemma;
  • to report and communicate with Youth Ambassador Program when you may think that you violate any rules or laws; and
  • to demonstrate a great role model with integrity and professionalism.

Contestants are required to sign a contract to confirm that they understand and will adhere to the expectations of the Professional Code of Conduct.

PURPOSE FOUR—Guidelines for the NAD

  • The NAD and YAP will consider all factors involved when a contestant violates the rules.
  • To ensure that standard disciplinary measures are followed, a system has been developed to guide through disciplinary procedures. This system rates different violations at varying levels of severity and outlines the disciplinary action for each violation. Varying levels include:
    • Illegal activities—immediate disqualification of your participation in the Youth Ambassador Program
    • Insubordination, disrespectful behaviors, and misrepresentation of Youth Ambassador Program—immediate disciplinary meeting with the Director of Youth Programs that may result in three different levels: (a) verbal warning—an opportunity for you to review the Code of Conduct and understand that you cannot repeat the violation; (b) a written warning—depending on circumstances, the Director of Youth Programs will give you a written warning, followed by a verbal warning; (c) immediate disqualification of your participation in the Youth Ambassador Program after repeated misconducts.
  • For each rule infraction, the Director of Youth Programs will meet with you to address the violation. You will get a written incident report which both of you will sign at the end of your discussion on the nature of the violation.