Youth leaders generally work in an environment which hosts groups of children or teenagers, such as a school, church, camp, or after-school program, to help them develop social, emotional, and academic success and lead them in activities such as physical exercise, homework help, and tutoring. They may also work with outside activity providers to coordinate and oversee activities, and meal planning and serving may be part of the job at camps and formal events.
This job requires plenty of energy, as it involves supervising a variety of activities, and lessons may be planned prior to conducting programs or classes. There are both full-time and part-time positions available, and some positions also involve boarding in order to supervise youth around-the-clock. Working weekend hours may occasionally be required, and some positions involve working with troubled youth, so patience and interpersonal skills are highly beneficial.
A background in counseling may be necessary for some positions, and adherence to company policies and local and federal laws and regulations is always important. Educational requirements vary greatly, as some employers require a high school diploma while others require university schooling. Many positions also require proficient computer skills and a valid driver’s license for work-related transportation. Youth leaders may also supervise a group of other employees involved with youth, so management skills may be necessary, and teamwork skills are always helpful.
Youth Leader Tasks
Work with youth to promote and teach values, decision making skills, motivation and wellness.
Plan, organize and lead youth activities and events, such as retreats, recreation, arts and crafts and studies.