Youth Worker - John Howard Society of Durham Region

Jan 15, 2024
Clarington, Ontario

Clarington Youth Centres – Youth Worker

Division: Clarington Youth Centres
Work Status: Relief/casual
Location: Clarington

About the Agency and the Clarington Youth Centres (CYC):

We are a multi-service agency that is closely connected to the communities in which we work. We have great respect for your strengths, perspectives, opinions and lifestyle - just as we do for our youth. We value learning and encourage you to take advantage of training opportunities so you continue to grow in your work with youth. We work as a larger team to support each other to accomplish our individual and program goals.

The 3 CYC locations are within the Municipality of Clarington:

          The Loft – Courtice

          The Firehouse – Bowmanville

          NYC – Newcastle

The CYC offers a wide range of programming tailored to the diverse youth and needs within the Municipality of Clarington. The CYCs operate as a free after-school drop-in program for youth between 12-19 years old with a fun and encouraging environment designed to foster social and recreational development as well as enhance self-confidence and life skill development. You can expect your work hours to be scheduled around the operational hours of the Centre which is currently Tuesday to Saturday.

Our services and support are based on our 5 Pillars of Programming: Social/Leisure, Sports/Recreation, Life skills, Creative/Arts, and Volunteer/Civic Engagement. We offer a variety of activities, keeping the voice of youth and developmental experiences at the centre of our programming.

About the Role:

As a Youth Worker, you will work closely with the CYC team which includes the Co-ordinator, the full time Youth Counsellors and the other casual Youth Worker staff. Primarily, you will work alongside the full-time counsellors to implement the day-to-day programming and engage youth to maintain a supportive, safe and fun atmosphere within the Centre. You will share your ideas for the programming and operation of the youth centres. Your strong listening and communication skills, genuine care for youth and their development, along with your energy, creativity and enthusiasm will serve you well in this role.

Your job includes things like:

Youth Work

  • Use your versatile communication skills to support the youth in the Centre by listening to their problems and solutions, offering alternative options, providing choices, re framing situations, etc
  • Reflecting on your own practice with youth to grow your skills
  • Be a positive role model, engage all youth and ensure a safe supportive space for everyone
  • Introduce new activities; sometimes to challenge the youth to get out of their comfort zone and sometimes to provide an opportunity to show their talents
  • Connecting youth to other youth or connecting them to other community supports building healthy relationships
  • Understanding boundaries: maintaining confidentiality, reporting incidents

Administrative Work

  • You will ensure program policies and procedures are followed for many reasons including safety, reporting on the great work we do, etc.
  • Use your amazing communication skills for professional and timely correspondence with your colleagues
  • Attend program meetings, as required, to contribute your support and ideas for the development of the CYC
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment

If you have the following…we want to hear from you!

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree related to social services or child and youth work.
  • Recreation experience a valuable asset.


  • Experienced in support, de-escalation and crisis intervention skills
  • A passion for working with youth and youth programming relevant to youths needs and current trends
  • Ideas for leveraging social media for our work with youth
  • Able to take initiative and work as part of a team
  • Experience being an amazing role model and/or mentor for youth
  • Organized yet flexible, creative, and fun
  • Strong sense of community and understanding the challenges youth face in the society in which we live
  • Valid Class G driver's license with appropriate 2 million liability insurance is an asset
  • Valid Standard First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Crisis Intervention training and certification
  • ASIST Certification is an asset
  • Satisfactory Police/Vulnerable Sector Check, if selected for the position

The ideal candidate will be able to contribute their education and anti-oppressive practices while  working with youth in relation to:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Gender Expression and Identity
  • Racism
  • Cultural or Religious Prejudices
  • Substance Use
  • Family Dynamics
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Education and learning challenges
  • Life Skills
  • Support network development
  • Systems Experiences (ie: Child Welfare, Criminal Justice)
  • Confidence/Self Esteem

Status:          Casual/On Call 

Duration:      Continuous
Hours:          Shifts include Tuesday to Friday  3:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday noon to 6:00pm

Location:      Durham Region (Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle)

Reports to:   Coordinator, Clarington Youth Centres

Travel:          Yes, as required (mileage reimbursement)

Salary:          $21.73 per hour

Benefits:       No

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Working Conditions

  • May be exposed to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc
  • Physical activity includes sitting, walking and standing
  • May require lifting up to 35lbs
  • COVID-19 protocols and policies are in place, PPE is provided


  1. The terms and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Collective Agreement between the John Howard Society of Durham and C.U.P.E. (Bargaining Unit Local 2936.13).
  2. Successful applicants must provide a satisfactory Criminal Investigation Reference for the vulnerable sector, dated within the past six (6) months.
  3. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the recruitment and assessment process in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) . Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

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