Youth Care WorkerJob ID 15699 Tallahassee, Florida
Business: Boys Town
In a career as a Youth Care Worker (Assistant Family Teacher), part of giving youth a second chance is exposing them to new experiences. Youth come to the Boys Town Family Home Program for a variety of reasons – family issues, abuse, neglect, abandonment, involvement in the juvenile justice system. You come in by presenting them with opportunities in education and school involvement, giving them their first happy Thanksgiving or teaching them how faith can help them heal. We strive to give Boys Town Kids the fulfilling lives they deserve
- Serves as an active member of the family home program team; participates in measuring progress and providing input on goals and discharge planning.
- Collaborates with courts, social agencies, parents, school personnel and other members of the program about youth's behaviors and progress, as well as strategies for teaching.
- Adheres to reporting guidelines.
- Assesses and monitors youth skills and progress to determine skill development needs and priorities.
- Uses Boys Town teaching model by describing, practicing, and providing rationales for the use of appropriate skills/behaviors as well as describing and addressing negative behaviors.
- Serves as a role model for youth by exhibiting skills taught in the program.
- Monitors, supports, and encourages academic performance and educational success (e.g. good study habits, quality of work, higher education, etc.).
- Attends school conferences, communicates with educational staff, and builds effective working relationships in order to meet the needs of youth's academic success.
- Teaches and models Boys Town values, including, moral and ethical behaviors and obeys the law.
- Supports, attends, and participates in religious services, conferences, community service projects, and other activities with youth and discusses how these are applicable and beneficial to the youth's daily life.
- Maintains a family style model by providing constant emotional support including the use of praise, positive feedback, individualized attention, and empathy to build self-confidence and respect.
- Uses rational problem solving techniques to teach critical thinking skills and assist youth with behavioral problems.
- Monitors off-campus activities and observes interactions of youth during home, recreational, and leisure times for appropriate skill development and safety.
- Adheres to all child safety-related policies and protocols to include reporting guidelines, behavioral management, and risk and self-harm screening.
- Provides crisis intervention to youth out of instructional control which could include physical restraint.
- Plans, participates, and provides opportunities for individual and family fun activities that are entertaining and educational.
- Models and teaches parenting, family, and relationships skills to youth, legal guardians and caretakers to sustain a collaborative relationship through effective family engagement practices.
- Nurtures and cares for youth who are ill and in need of medical care or assistance.
- Provides transportation for youth as needed.
- Maintains appropriate spending and budgeting of the household needs.
- Prepares and submits reimbursement statements (e.g. receipts and other documentation) to account for monies spent.
- Assists with the managing and upkeep of maintenance needs for the home.
- Assists Family Teachers as needed in the operation of a Family Home.
- High school diploma or equivalent is required, some college credits preferred. Education and experience requirements may be higher based on Affiliate Site location, Local contracts, and Federal/State contract requirements.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record and pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check.
- Must have the ability and desire to work and live with youth.
- Must have the willingness to work flexible hours in order to assist the Family Teaching Couple with youth and home activities.
- Proven record of sound judgment and ability to work with children in a mature and responsible manner.
- Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care, based on physical, psychological, psycho/social, educational, safety, and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the youth being serviced in his/her assigned service area.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Make a difference here at Boys Town North Florida, where our programs and services touch the lives of more than 5,000 people each year. Since our arms opened in 1983, we have been providing hope and healing as a good neighbor in the Tallahassee community by serving our children and families.
The opportunity to shape the future of America’s youth is only one of the many perks here in Tallahassee. The city has the wonderful weather Florida is famous for with the additional charm of a nice southern hospitality atmosphere, and there is nothing we believe in more than community. Boys Town North Florida has faith that our employees are our greatest asset, and we work to build a strong team culture at the site through team building activities such as quarterly potlucks, campus celebration, movie screenings and more. Outside of fostering relationships, our leadership initiative called “Next Gen” gives staff an opportunity to engage in training and development to prepare for their next career move within the organization.
Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.
June 29, 2020