Frequently asked questions for child and youth worker
Who is suited for the Child Youth Worker program?
People best suited for Child an Youth Work are those who possess physical and psychological health to work in stressful
high energy, and challenging situations. They are compassionate and eager to make a difference in the lives of children, families and the community. They want to learn about and assist those who face challenges involving addictions, mental health, abuse, trauma and learning exceptionalities. They have strong verbal and written communication skills.
Am I responsible for finding my own field placement?
No, all students are matched with a field placement by the field placement coordinator. Matches are made based on a student’s strengths and challenges, and community needs.
Where will I complete my field placement?
All second-year students are placed in a school/educational setting. Third-year students are provided a community placement that may include residential care facilities, mental health treatment centres, shelters, therapeutic foster care
environments, community-based/resource centres and youth criminal justice service centres.
Is there a strong emphasis on communication skills?
Yes, the program and field require a student to be able to
effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Students take two English courses in the first year of the program to strengthen their abilities in this area. There is a strong emphasis on writing skills throughout all courses in the program.
Is volunteer work required for admission in to the program?
No, applicants do not need to have volunteer experience to be accepted into the program. However, having some experience working with children and youth is beneficial to help the applicant determine if they enjoy working with young people.
Who is eligible for Direct Entry?
Students who hold a university degree in the Social Sciences or a two-year diploma in a Human Services
program, and have 300 hours of documented work or volunteer experience with children and youth in a recognized community agency may apply directly to the second year of the program.
What support is there for me to be successful?
The Child and Youth Worker faculty are very committed to student success. There is a first-year, one-week program orientation, which includes an opportunity for students to be connected to a second year peer who they will be matched with for the year. Each first year student has an academic advisor to help them make any academic decisions and assist them in finding the necessary resources they may require. The faculty are very approachable and available for extra help as required.
Where will I be able to get a job upon graduation?
Graduates are employed as frontline professionals in residential care facilities, mental health treatment centres, shelters, school programs, therapeutic foster care environments, community-based services/resource centres and youth justice services.