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Working As A Youth Program Coordinator

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  • 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

  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Youth Program Coordinator Do

Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Duties

Social and human service assistants typically do the following:

  • Help determine what type of aid their clients need
  • Work with clients and other professionals, such as social workers, to develop a treatment plan
  • Help clients find assistance with daily activities, such as eating and bathing
  • Research services, such as food stamps and Medicaid, that are available to their clients in their communities
  • Coordinate services provided to clients
  • Help clients complete paperwork to apply for assistance programs
  • Transport clients—for example, by driving them to appointments or to services within their community
  • Check in with clients to ensure that services are provided appropriately

Social and human service assistants have many job titles, including case work aide, clinical social work aide, family service assistant, social work assistant, addictions counselor assistant, and human service worker.

Social and human service assistants help clients to identify and obtain benefits and services. In addition to initially connecting clients with benefits or services, social and human service assistants may follow up with clients to ensure that they are receiving the intended services and that the services are meeting their needs. They work under the direction of social workers, psychologists, or other social and human service workers.

With children and families, social and human service assistants ensure that the children live in safe homes. They help parents get the resources, such as food stamps or childcare, they need to care for their children.

With the elderly, these workers help clients stay in their own homes and live under their own care whenever possible. Social and human service assistants may coordinate meal deliveries or find personal care aides to help with the clients’ day-to-day needs, such as running errands and bathing. In some cases, human service workers help look for residential care facilities, such as nursing homes.

For people with disabilities, social and human service assistants help find rehabilitation services that aid their clients. They may work with employers to make a job more accessible to people with disabilities. Some workers find personal care services to help clients with daily living activities, such as bathing and making meals.

For people with addictions, human service assistants find rehabilitation centers that meet their clients’ needs. They also may find support groups for people who are dependent on alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other substances or behaviors.

With veterans, assistants help people who have been discharged from the military adjust to civilian life. They help with practical needs, such as locating housing and finding ways to apply skills gained in the military to civilian jobs. They may also help their clients navigate the overwhelming number of services available to veterans.

For people with mental illnesses, social and human service assistants help clients find the appropriate resources to help them cope with their illness. They find self-help and support groups to provide their clients with an assistance network. In addition, they may find personal care services or group housing to help those with more severe mental illnesses care for themselves.

With immigrants, workers help clients adjust to living in a new country. They help the clients locate jobs and housing. They also may help them find programs that teach English, or they may find legal assistance to help immigrants get various administrative paperwork in order.

With former prison inmates, human service assistants find job training or placement programs to help clients reenter society. Human service assistants help former inmates find housing and connect with programs that help them start a new life for themselves.

With homeless people, assistants help clients meet their basic needs. They find temporary or permanent housing for their clients and locate places, such as soup kitchens, that provide meals. Human service assistants also may help homeless people find resources to address other problems they may have, such as joblessness.

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How To Become A Youth Program Coordinator

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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Youth Program Coordinator Career Paths

Youth Program Coordinator
Program Coordinator Consultant Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Outreach Coordinator Team Leader Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Outreach Coordinator Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Outreach Coordinator Team Leader Office Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Counselor Therapist Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Counselor Clinician Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Editor Project Manager
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Executive Assistant Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Executive Assistant Owner
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Executive Assistant Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Adjunct Professor Principal
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Service Supervisor Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Coach Adjunct Professor Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Coach Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Youth Advisor 2.3 years
Youth Coordinator 2.2 years
Program Assistant 2.1 years
Youth Assistant 1.9 years
Youth Mentor 1.7 years
Youth Worker 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Youth Program Coordinator
Internship 15.0%
Volunteer 7.5%
Teacher 7.3%
Instructor 3.8%
Cashier 3.8%
Top Careers After Youth Program Coordinator
Internship 8.4%
Teacher 6.5%
Volunteer 5.7%
Instructor 3.6%
Manager 3.4%
Consultant 3.4%
Director 3.4%
Cashier 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Harris County
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Youth Program Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Youth Program Coordinator in the United States is $39,822 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $58,000.

Real Youth Program Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Youth Progam Cordinator African Vision Falls Church, VA Jan 25, 2008 $69,243 -
$69,500
International Youth Progam Cordinator African Vision Falls Church, VA Sep 08, 2010 $69,243 -
$69,500
International Youth Progam Cordinator African Vision Falls Church, VA Feb 26, 2010 $69,243 -
$69,500
Youth Programs Coordinator & Prevention Team Lead The Women's Collec Washington, DC Jul 15, 2010 $53,000
Youth Programs Coordinator & Prevention Team Lead The Women's Collective Washington, DC Jul 15, 2010 $53,000
Youth Program Coordinator Youth Tennis San Diego San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2014 $52,572
Youth Program Coordinator Chinese American Service League Chicago, IL Dec 11, 2011 $41,850 -
$51,850
Youth Program Coordinator Ibrea Foundation New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $36,000
Youth Program Coordinator Ibrea Foundation New York, NY Sep 12, 2010 $36,000
Youth Program Coordinator Korean American Family Service Center NY Jun 01, 2011 $34,000
Youth Program Coordinator Ibrea Foundation New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $34,000
Youth Specialsit Program Coordinator Peace Neighborhood Center Ann Arbor, MI Dec 09, 2016 $28,383 -
$30,262

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Top Skills for A Youth Program Coordinator

  1. Youth Ministry
  2. Community Outreach
  3. Curriculum Development
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  • Guided students in conducting numerous fundraising efforts to raise money for the church's youth ministry and building fund.
  • Participated in community outreach activities and build relationships with various Queens schools and community based programs.
  • Coordinate Fee-based programs including programs for youth, preschool, families, Scouts, Summer Camps, Overnights and Birthday parties.
  • Created promotional material to advertise programs and special events.
  • Focus on youth in foster care, group homes, juvenile offenders, parenting teens, youth with disabilities and drop-outs.

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Top 10 Best States for Youth Program Coordinators

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  2. District of Columbia
  3. Connecticut
  4. Oregon
  5. Nevada
  6. Washington
  7. California
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Texas
  10. Minnesota
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Youth Program Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

58.3%

Male

28.8%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.1%

French

10.1%

Chinese

3.5%

Somali

3.0%

Swahili

2.5%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Hmong

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Mandarin

2.0%

Hebrew

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Tagalog

1.5%

Russian

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Italian

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Croatian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%
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Youth Program Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.7%

Liberty University

6.6%

Grand Canyon University

6.3%

Capella University

5.9%

Walden University

5.5%

Temple University

5.1%

New York University

4.8%

Howard University

4.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.4%

University of Washington

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

San Francisco State University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

California State University - East Bay

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.3%
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Majors

Business

14.7%

Social Work

10.4%

Psychology

9.3%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

Sociology

6.5%

Education

5.3%

Elementary Education

4.8%

Human Services

4.8%

Communication

4.3%

Kinesiology

4.1%

Political Science

3.4%

Public Administration

3.1%

School Counseling

3.1%

Counseling Psychology

3.1%

Mental Health Counseling

3.0%

Educational Leadership

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Human Development

2.5%

Management

2.5%

English

2.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Masters

30.7%

Other

14.2%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

3.8%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.4%
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