“In the past 15 years, I have had the privilege of witnessing two children with disabilities go through their teen years and into adulthood. In that time, I have been challenged, changed, and have grown. They have brought a sense of true joy into the everyday interactions and taught me that the simple pleasures in life are our greatest treasures and blessings.” Bethesda staff member
Is this you? Energized by children and teens? Motivated by seeing others thrive? An encourager that delights in the successes of others? Then this may be the job for you.
The residential child and youth worker provides support to children or youth who have moderate to severe behavioural challenges. You will be supporting one or more children or youth under 19 years of age in an attractive, home-like setting designed especially for day and overnight respite. The child or youth live at home with their families and come to the home every week. Attending respite gives them stimulation and growth opportunity and their families a break to recharge. The number of hours a child or youth attends respite varies with each family’s needs.
You understand the importance of building relationship with each young person as a friend and mentor to foster the trust and confidence for them to thrive. You will support and empower each young person to grow in their abilities, develop skills in all areas of their life, and help them to generally figure out life. During this pivotal and fast-changing stage of life, your influence on them will be great. You take that responsibility seriously, equipped as you are with maturity and good judgment and a high degree of Christian commitment.
It is important to ensure that you too are empowered and encouraged to grow in your role. You will be working with a team of people, including specialists from community resources, other residential child and youth workers, and an experienced, on-site manager. You will also receive on the job training so that you feel confident in your interactions and decisions. You will have the tools and skills to discover the interests, unique abilities, and the ways each child or youth you support communicates.
Your deep-seated love of children and youth and ability to connect to them on an individual level will be your foundation for developing into a confident and caring residential child and youth worker specializing in empowering a young person. You understand the need for confidentiality to protect the rights and safety of the children or youth and their families receiving our services.
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At Bethesda, we’re about creating community among the people we serve, our staff and our surrounding communities. We are all interdependent as we experience life together, and all valuable for the abilities we share. We know we learn from and need each other to thrive.
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