Youth Worker/Counselor

BronxWorks helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. From toddlers to seniors, we feed, shelter, teach, and support our neighbors to build a stronger community. In all aspects of our work, we strive for the highest ethical and performance standards and guided by the belief that people are to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their present situation or past experiences. We have 37 locations throughout the borough providing a variety of programs that offer assistance in the areas of family, children and youth support, educational services, elder care, homelessness, mental health, and workforce development. We are an employer of choice for anyone interested in a meaningful career in the social services field.
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  • Assist Program Director or Program Coordinator with the development of program goals and activities for youth 
  • Create a nurturing and supportive environment for the youth 
  • Supervise participants 
  • Implement various recreational, educational, social, and team building activities 
  • Provide classroom management and instruction 
  • Act as a liaison with parents 
  • Attend regular staff meetings 
  • Attend First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CRP), and Responding to Emergency (RTE) training 
  • Attend staff training sessions 
  • Meet monthly with program coordinator and/or program director for supervision 
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Program Specific Responsibilities:

  • Practice and recognize in others the program values Cooperation { Generosity { Honesty { Kindness { Respect { Responsibility { Tolerance ·
  • With program supervisors, set program goals and develop appropriate activities for children
  • Collaborate with colleagues to plan team projects and events
  • Supervise teenaged junior counselors
  • Encourage a love of learning and build children’s literacy and academic skills
  • Develop, submit and implement weekly lesson plans which are child-centered, age-appropriate & engaging and which promote literacy, thematic exploration, & experiential learning
  • Escort children on trips and identify opportunities for learning both inside and outside the community center facility
  • Maintain records of children’s work. Submit portfolios as required for program evaluation effort
  • Meet regularly with supervisors to present lesson plans, plan for future weeks, and receive feedback and assistance
  • Provide homework assistance during school year
  • Create a structured & nurturing environment which supports children’s emotional and social development
  • Provide constant supervision and engagement of children in care
  • Maintain an organized and child-centered classroom.
  • Promote teamwork and group bonding
  • Confer with program supervisors regarding disciplinary issues. Hold conferences with parents as needed
  • Attend trainings in principles of early childhood development, nutrition and health needs, safety and security procedures, and child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention
  • Assist with planning and implementation of Holiday Camp
  • Obtain needed supplies from office and make requests as needed for special supplies
  • Maintain attendance records, meal records sign-out sheets and other necessary paperwork
  • Submit required reports and paperwork to Program Director
  • Engage in activities which promote physical fitness and health
  • Ensure a physically safe environment for children in care
  • Participate in all fitness activities including swimming and gym
  • Promote healthy behaviors and foster children’s physical development
  • Provide first aid and emergency care for children as needed
  • Submit bi-annual physical
  • Partner with families to promote sense of community
  • Develop and build relationships with parents and families of program participants.


  • High school diploma or equivalent 
  • Two years (preferred) direct experience working with children under 13 years of age youth in a recreational, educational and social environment preferred. 
  • Clearance through New York State Central Registry and New York State Office of Children and Family Services required 
  • Experience with or knowledge of best practices in youth development preferred 
  • Experience with or knowledge of whole language philosophy preferred

Salary: $18.00/hour