Child/Youth Services Worker

Youth Connections Inc - Durham Region, ON (30+ days ago)

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Mandatory Requirements: G Driver's Licence; Flexible schedule - able to work weekend shifts (additional position available - we are also currently hiring an overnight shift worker); must have own vehicle - able to travel within Durham Region as residences are located in Port Perry, Oshawa & Whitby.

Preferred: College Diploma in job-related fields such example: Police Foundations, Child-Youth Worker

At Youth Connections, we develop and foster healthy relationships. We assist young people to strive towards attaining contentment and future success by recognizing and managing their emotions.
The philosophy of our program revolves around a cognitive behaviour approach which utilizes the milieu to encourage and reinforce change. Keeping this in mind, staff must take every opportunity to help our clients develop healthy attitudes. Remember also, that these boys may have learned their present means of interacting through witnessing unhealthy relationships coupled with inappropriate coping mechanisms. As such, we do not expect that they will initially be compassionate, understanding, or empathic. Thus we need to confront, counsel (using group, individual and familial approaches) and reinforce change through role modeling.

This program will attempt to alter some of their previously developed strategies. We will thus keep in mind specific target areas and direct all approaches towards what we are trying to accomplish.

Overview of position:

  • Have fun with youth, establish rapport and build relationships.
  • Encourage meaningful community based residential and recreational activities.
  • Support youth in various settings.
  • Mentor and support youth to encourage social inclusion.
  • Promote independence and encourage decision making.
  • Identify, monitor, and communicate any health concerns.
  • Accompany youth to medical, dental, or other appointments as required.
  • Provide learning opportunities and support in the following areas: personal hygiene, grocery shopping, housekeeping skills, meal preparation, socialization, banking, etc.
  • Prepare meals that meet the youths' needs based on The Canada Food Guide, the youth and the organization's nutritional recommendations.
  • Interact in a warm and compassionate manner.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $14.00 /hour