Youth Support Worker Job Description

A youth support worker works with youth in vulnerable situations, helping them transition into life after high school.

A youth support worker provides support in the transition between education and employment, helping youth develop life skills such as independence, money management, and healthy eating.

A youth support worker also helps youth develop skills in conflict resolution, helping them cope with problems on their own.

Youth support workers work with all youth, regardless of their gender, race, or socioeconomic status.

Youth support workers are especially needed in communities where high unemployment, low educational attainment, or high rates of poverty are prevalent.

Updated on:     
October 7, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Youth Support Worker to mentor and guide young people through their teenage years and into adulthood. As a Youth Support Worker, you'll be a positive role model for the young people in your care, and you'll work with them to overcome any challenges they may face. You'll need to be patient and understanding, and you'll need to have a genuine interest in helping young people to reach their potential. If you're up for the challenge, then we'd love to hear from you.

Youth Support Worker Duties:

  • Assist youth in learning cognitive, physical, social, and emotional skills, as well as behavioral strategies to cope with adversity and challenges
  • Manage behavior problems through structured behavior modification and behavior redirection
  • Arrange for medical treatments when needed
  • Coordinate with youth’s school, teachers, and counselors
  • Attend meetings with parents or guardians
  • Provide guidance and counseling for family issues
  • Assist youth in staying on a positive path
  • Continue to build upon positive relationships that have been established

Youth Support Worker Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with youth and families, providing support and counseling as needed to meet individual goals
  • Maintain a safe and positive work environment at all times, and serve as a role model for program participants
  • Provide supervision, assistance, accountability, and support to youth in completing assigned tasks and activities
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with staff and community partners
  • Maintain consistent attendance, punctuality, and a positive and professional attitude

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Requirements And Skills:

  • General knowledge of mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse
  • Ability to make sound judgments and decisions under high stress situations
  • Ability to identify potential emotional/behavioral problems in youth
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally

We at [Company Name] believe that diversity is key to success. We are committed to building an inclusive team that welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from individuals of all races, religions, national origins, genders, and ages. We also value veterans and individuals with disabilities.