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Become A Youth Assistant

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Working As A Youth Assistant

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $30,830

    Average Salary

What Does A Youth Assistant Do At Neighborhood Centers Inc.

* Conducts timely and comprehensive implementation of all program components for assigned group of students providing effective, meaningful, and developmentally-appropriated activities Carry out the goals, themes and schedule of the program to provide a consistent and high quality experience Recognizes and reports suspected physical and sexual abuse to the appropriate authorities as required by law Completes all essential documentation in a complete and timely manner Monitor student files and attendance Communicates regularly with peers and parents in small or large group settings Responsible for driving agency vehicles to transport participants to and from schools, field trip locations and other sites.
* Maintain safe and clean environment within agency vehicle Provides appropriate supervision for assigned group of youth at all times creating a safe, clean, and risk-free environment Other duties as

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How To Become A Youth Assistant

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Top Skills for A Youth Assistant

ChildGuidanceLessonPlansNotifiesSupervisorSpecialEventsProgramParticipationDataSoccerCustomerServiceOutdoorActivityAreasStaffMembersDailyScheduleDailyActivitiesSummerYouthProgramYouthSportsBibleYouthDevelopmentTechniquesGroupActivitiesGirlsPhoneCallsPositiveChildYouthActivities

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Top Youth Assistant Skills

  1. Child Guidance
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Notifies Supervisor
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tutored and assisted kids with daily lesson plans and homework.
  • Implemented activities and special events that meet the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of children and youth.
  • Charleston, WV Assisted the Sports Director with supervising and scheduling youth and adult basketball, volleyball, soccer and more.
  • Practiced strong organizational and customer service skills.
  • Interact professionally with staff members, parents, and the public.

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