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Create a Bright Future For the Next Generation as a Child and Youth  Worker If you're an emotionally stable, patient and organized person with a high level of energy,   who doesn't crumble under pressure and enjoys helping young people, then a career as  a   Child   and   Youth   Worker   may   be   ideal   for  you.   Child   and   Youth   Workers  are   the  people  who  are  integral in  the  growth  and development  of children, youth  and their   families within a wide range of therapeutic contexts.  Agencies that work with troubled youths and their families are in desperate need of  professionally trained child and youth workers. These agencies include: residential, day  treatment, community­based and young offender programs, hospitals, crisis centres and  shelters as well as schools. Therefore, the demand is high and job options are plenty,   with yearly salaries ranging between $32,000 and $43,000 right after graduation.   Upon   finding   employment,  child   and youth   workers  have  a  number  of various job  tasks.   Their   main   duty   is   to   develop   and   maintain   therapeutic,   yet   professional  relationships with clients that promote wellbeing and facilitate positive change. This is  done   by   designing   and   implementing   strategies   that   work   physically,   mentally   and  emotionally for the child and his or her family. However, there are also times when child   and youth workers must maintain a safe environment via safety inspections, perform  crisis intervention techniques and emergency procedures and identify signs of abuse.  Teamwork   is   another   aspect   of   the   child   and   youth   worker   field.   Professionals  participate   as  members  of  a   team  by   promoting   and   maintaining   proficient   conduct,  resolving conflict, acknowledging individual and cultural differences and supporting their  fellow team members. Lastly, child and youth workers have administrative duties such  as documenting, keeping neat files of client records and testifying in court if necessary.   The  Child and Youth Worker program  at Centennial College prepares graduates to  be   comfortable   in   all   the   mentioned   roles.   Students   are   taught   the   principles,  philosophies and characteristics of relational child and youth work practice such as co­ creating   relationships,   working   developmentally   and   understanding   professional  boundaries. And, with  a different field  placement during  each year of the  three­year  program,   Centennial   College   gives   you   the   advantage   of   having   experienced   a  multitude of job settings by the time you graduate. In turn, this gives you an idea of the  type of child and youth worker career path that best suits you. Due to the sensitive  nature of the  Child  and Youth  Worker field, Centennial College requires students to  have   a   vulnerable   sector   criminal   check   prior   to   field   placement.   Certain   criminal  convictions will disallow placement in these agencies and program completion may not  be possible. Students must also possess a standard first aid and heart saver AED (C)  certification. Lastly, for placement, a medical certificate of health is necessary to ensure  freedom of communicable disease.


However, before   students   even   apply   to   the   program,   Centennial   College   expects  applicants to be holders of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent  or be 19 years of age or older. Also required are compulsory English 12C or U or skills  assessment or equivalent. As well, English proficiency will be considered and a program  admission  session  will  be  required.  Possession  of  minimum  admission  requirements  does not guarantee admission to the Child and Youth Worker program.

Create a Bright Future For the Next Generation as a Child and Youth Worker  

This article details the specific tasks that Child and Youth Workers encounter on a regular basis. These tasks range from building relations...

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