The University of Prince Edward Island is seeking a Youth Worker for its 2020 Summer Explore program. The Summer Explore program is a five week English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program that hosts Canadian and International students who are 16 and 17 years of age. Explore consists of formal EAL classes during weekday mornings and organized socio-cultural activities during weekday evenings and weekends. Participants also live in residence on campus and eat together at the cafeteria. The Youth Worker is responsible for assisting with the supervision of the participants and providing social, personal, and mental health support and assistance. The Youth Worker must be available to work evenings and weekends as this is a live-in position.
Counsel students throughout the program regarding personal and social issues such as homesickness, depression, sexuality, self-esteem, linguistic challenges, relationship skills, and interpersonal skills.
Assist with documentation and formal report writing as required: critical incident reports, daily contact notes, safety checks, maintaining social media presence
Assist with mediation of student conflicts; assist participants to find options and solutions and develop plans of action while providing necessary support and assistance.
Schedule daily check-in meetings with students at risk,
Communicate & liaise with appropriate stakeholders (parent(s), program manager, staff)
Uphold and reinforce the rules and regulations of the Explore Program by acting as a role model.
Administering disciplinary measures during situations of misconduct
Assist with student integration into local culture and language
Be an active member of the staff team; attend staff meetings
Be willing to work flexible hours, weekdays and weekends; assist with socio-cultural activities
Be willing to live in residence at the UPEI and eat meals with students
Other tasks as directed by the Program Manager
Diploma, Child and Youth Care Worker or Human Services, or a Bachelor of Social Work, or a post secondary diploma or degree and related experience
Current criminal record check with the Vulnerable Sector
Verbal fluency in French and English
Crisis intervention training
Experience developing and/or leading educational programming for teens
Knowledge of culture shock and demonstrated methods for assisting those coping with it
Demonstrated counseling skills
Demonstrated leadership and experience working with teens
Creativity and reliability
Proven decision making ability
Ability to work independently and with a team
Preferred Qualifications: experience working in a cross-cultural setting; minimum of 2 years of related experience