As a youth worker, you’ll work closely with young people to provide support, coaching, advice and assistance on a range of social, emotional, health, welfare and development matters, and coordinate the services of service delivery agencies. Day-to-day, you can expect to:
- Meet with new clients to assess their needs and design support programs, activities and exercises;
- Monitor and report on the progress of existing clients;
- Communicate with service delivery agencies, including housing, education, employment, counselling and health services, for the benefit of your clients;
- Meet with families, teachers and other people in the client’s environment, and assess community needs and resources;
- Connect clients to services;
- Prepare reports and submissions to government and service bodies.
Youth work is relational, and your tasks will depend uniquely on your clients and their needs. A successful youth worker will focus on building excellent relationships and providing the support, assistance and advice that will help the young person create the change in their life they want to see.