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Become A Youth Worker

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Working As A Youth Worker

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $42,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Youth Worker Do At Garza County Regional Juvenile Center

* 1. Ensure safety and security by constantly observing residents to evaluate their behavior and to ensure compliance with facility rules.
* Coordinate the movement of the residents to meal, education and recreation activities in a secure manner and supervise them indoors and outdoors ensuring that facility security is maintained.
* Conduct resident counts daily and conduct room and area searches as needed to ensure contraband is not present in the facility.
* Perform crisis intervention with residents, attend individual and group counseling sessions, and lead Guided Interaction Therapy sessions on a daily basis.
* Maintain the facility through supervised resident cleaning activities on a daily basis.
* Prepare written unit reports to document shift activities including logs, incident reports, progress reports and other communication material as needed.
* OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Assist with the intake and discharge of residents as needed.
* Screen visitors for contraband.
* Assist with resident transports as needed.
* Follow all prescribed facility safety procedures.
* This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.
* He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor

What Does A Youth Worker Do At Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement

* Ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in the program, by providing close supervision of all activities.
* Maintain accurate program documentation (incident/accident/behavior reports, attendance & sign-in/sign-out sheets).
* Assist children with homework and guide students in their academic growth.
* Participate with the children in all enrichment activities such as sports, art, and dance, dramatic.
* Create and conduct innovative age appropriate activities and develop lesson plans for activities that include STEM, Literacy, Healthy Living, Art, Global Studies, Prevention and Leadership.
* Communicate with families, on a weekly basis, about their children's strengths and areas needing attention.
* Prepare the learning environment, by creating a welcoming space that exhibits student work.
* Work as part of a collaborative team; provide support to other Specialists and Group Leaders in implementing activities.
* Understand and communicate the Jacob Riis philosophy and the goals of the Riis Academy Afterschool program to the participants and parents.
* Adhere to all Department of Health and New York State OCFS policies and standards.
* Communicate effectively with peers, participants, supervisors and school administration.
* Actively participate in all training sessions, designated meetings and special events

What Does A Youth Worker Do At The Night Ministry

* Do initial intakes for new residents on day of arrival; complete all paperwork, give tour, and distribute linens and hygiene materials.
* Attend all weekly staff meetings and mandatory trainings.
* Supervise and dispense medications according to doctor's prescribed orders.
* Assure ingestion by resident and that medications are stored securely; maintain medication log.
* Accurate and timely data entry in Efforts to Outcomes (ETO).
* Record in log daily activities, progress and other significant issues for residents occurring on each shift; be available to update workers arriving to work following shift**;**review log at start of each shift carefully.
* Promptly greet visitors and callers; refer and assist as necessary, in a professional manner.
* Supervise, direct and ensure that all Night Ministry policies and procedures, as well as "house rules," are applied and maintained at all times.
* Direct and assist residents with basic life skills development for themselves and their children, if applicable (personal hygiene, cleaning of rooms and entire facility, cooking, laundry, child care, etc.).
* Arrange for residents' transportation to various appointments and activities; may drive company vehicle if prior approval is obtained.
* Insure residents' safety and well-being at all times; report all unusual incidents, rule infractions, emergencies, and any visits by outside agencies (such as police, fire, DCFS) to on-call supervisor promptly.
* Provide for the best possible service for residents.
* Be aware of conditions and offer ways to improve upon operation of the facility and agency as a whole.
* Display qualities of consistency, fair-play, firm but kind control (such as, supporting the resident while approving or disproving of their behavior), clear boundary-setting, tolerance, flexibility, and professional demeanor.
* Coordinate work responsibilities with volunteers, informing case management or volunteer coordinator when any questions or issues arise.
* Inform case management and youth worker supervisor of any issues with residents promptly, either written or verbally.
* Instruct residents in monthly fire drill (emergency) procedure.
* Make referrals to other shelters, institutions or organizations as necessary.
* Special tasks and projects as assigned; may include field trips to various locations (such as museum visits, athletic activities) as assigned.
* Responsible to check employee mailbox regularly for any notices, updates, communications distributed in that manner.
* Regularly attend all staff meetings

What Does A Youth Worker Do At City of Cambridge

* The Youth Worker is responsible for implementing programmed activities for Pre
* Teen Youth Center Members between the ages of 9
* The Youth Worker will work with the Program Director and Youth Center Director to lead a diverse group of pre-teens through a number of programmed activities, service projects, civic engagement, and leadership development.
* The overall goals for the Youth Worker are to provide direct service and establish positive relationships with Pre
* Teen Youth Center Members.
* Specifically, s/he will:
* Assist the Program Director to oversee the implementation of policies and procedures at the Youth Center.
* Inform the Program Director of specific Youth Center member needs or concerns that are brought to his/her attention.
* Plan, design, organize, and implement age appropriate Youth Center programs and activities, for Pre
* Teens between the ages of 9
* Provide a safe, structured and stimulating environment for Youth Center members and volunteers.
* Attend and participate fully in staff meetings, planning sessions, other meetings, staff development and training programs and activities as directed.
* Be a positive role model to and develop meaningful relationships with Youth Center members.
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Youth Worker Do At Children's Village

* Adheres to all Agency and departmental Safety Procedures including reporting any unsafe practices, equipment and environment, and takes an active role in correcting the unsafe practice, equipment or environment through proper notification.
* Coordinate with celebrating Priest as to provide instruction toward the receiving of the Sacraments.
* Provide spiritual support to youth of the RTC campus including the Louis Jackson Crisis Residence.
* Support youth by leading spiritually based programs, attending campus wide programs and activities, when possible.
* Provide weekly programing to engage Catholic youth that have become disconnected; two evenings per week and/or Sunday.
* Document attendance during all program groups.
* Provide a weekly report on all program groups.
* Rotating visitation of cottages, twice per week, to meet and engage Catholic youth.
* Include efforts in weekly report out.
* Satisfactorily meets the identified schedule on a weekly basis.
* Utilization of technology to promote communication to staff in regards to Catholic programs and services.
* Maintain documents of weekly programs, cottage visitation and attendance of campus wide programs.
* Collaboration with other campus programs to build relationships with youth and staff.
* Demonstrates a strong knowledge of the Catholic faith and promotes this in their daily work.
* Communicates effectively with youth, families, colleagues, and volunteers.
* Other duties, as assigned.
* Reporting Relationships:
* Primary: Director of Pastoral Care
* Secondary: Collaborate with celebrating Priest, as necessary

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How To Become A Youth Worker

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.


A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers 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. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Hmong

  • Bengali

  • German

  • Korean

  • Armenian

  • Carrier

  • Arabic

  • Romanian

  • Samoan

  • Hindi

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Ukrainian

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Real Youth Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Youth Ministry Worker Chinese Christian Union Curch Chicago, IL Mar 14, 2011 $38,500
Youth Ministry Worker Chinese Christian Union Curch Chicago, IL Sep 15, 2011 $38,500
Lead Youth Worker Children's Square USA Council Bluffs, IA Mar 02, 2014 $27,131
Youth Worker Children's Square USA Council Bluffs, IA Mar 30, 2012 $24,126
Youth Worker Children's Square USA Council Bluffs, IA Feb 01, 2010 $21,392
Youth Worker Children's Square USA Council Bluffs, IA Feb 09, 2010 $21,392
Youth Worker Children's Square USA Council Bluffs, IA Feb 28, 2010 $21,392
Youth Worker Children's Square USA Council Bluffs, IA Mar 01, 2010 $21,392

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Top Youth Worker Skills

  1. Ensure Safety
  2. Behavioral Management
  3. Direct Supervision
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Look over/after the residents to ensure safety of all involved in the environment.
  • Provided behavioral management of adolescents in a transitional home-like residential facility.
  • Direct supervision of residents, ensure the safety of residents and staff.
  • Provided emotional mentoring to individuals and groups, including 24-hour crisis intervention.
  • Communicate with parents, social workers, law enforcement and others regarding residents.

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