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Youth Support Worker

Mooseheart Child City & School, Inc. Detroit Full-Time
$27,000.00 - $42,000.00 / year
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Are you looking to embark in a career working with at-risk youth? A position as a Youth Support Worker with Mooseheart Child City & School is a perfect place to receive valuable experience working with children and teens in-need, to help them excel in school and become great young adults!

Who We Are:

Mooseheart Child City & School is a community and school for those kids, located on a 1,000-acre beautiful campus 38 short miles west of Chicago. In our over 100+ year history, we’ve been home to nearly 12,000 young people ranging in age from infancy through high school.

Who You Are:

You are passionate about working with children and teens to form meaningful bonds, and help them grow both educationally and personally. You’re willing to sacrifice your time and a large portion or your private life in order to work with these youths and gain valuable experience in this field.

What You Will Be Doing:

The Youth Support Worker will be responsible for providing educational, relational, social, spiritual and moral guidance in this nonprofit setting including:

  • Teaching social skills to children and youth – 182 skills the youth need when they leave Mooseheart including alternative behavior skills
  • Building relationships with adults and peers
  • Empowering youth to make decisions and problem solve
  • Providing consistency – all Child Caregiver Teachers and staff use the same principals and verbiage
  • Providing a loving and caring environment

What You will Get: 

Mooseheart, a nonprofit organization, offers Youth Support Workers:

  • Starting salary from $27,000-$28,500
  • Free room and board (equivalent to a savings of more than $750 per month)
  • Eligibility for full, low cost, medical health (BCBS-PPO) and dental benefits beginning the first of the month following employment
  • Business vehicle available (when responsible for live-in youth)
  • Self-directed 401(k) - company makes annual contributions regardless of employee's contributions
  • Paid vacations, personal time off and holidays
  • Two days off each week (1 bonus day added each month)

Your Schedule:

  • On duty 5 days / off duty 2 days per week (with one additional day off per month)

The qualified Youth Support Worker is fair, effective and concerned for the well-being of children and youth in their care. The successful Youth Support Worker also has: 

  • Minimum 21 years of age
  • Valid driver's license and a good driving record
  • High School diploma required (College degree preferred)
  • Previous experience is a plus - but not necessary
  • Ability to work within a team approach
  • Conflict-management skills
  • Ability to live and work within our campus environment
  • Personality that is nurturing, energetic, patient and persistent
  • Ability to work under challenging conditions
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Organization and time-management skills
Some of our successful Youth Support Workers have come from the following backgrounds, or are interested in the following areas:

  • Caregivers
  • Coaching
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Teachers
  • Teacher Aides / Para-Professionals
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Stay-at-Home Parents
  • Youth Social Work
  • Youth Ministry
  • Sales
  • Residential Advisers (RAs)
  • Volunteering

Recommended skills

Social Skills
Conflict Management
Time Management


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Youth Support Worker
$27,000.00 - $42,000.00 / year
Estimated Salary: $56K
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