YDS- Youth Development Specialist

The Youth Development Specialist is responsible for: ensuring youth development principles are incorporated into programs and activities; providing guidance and discipline to ensure a safe and positive environment for youth; ensuring the incorporation of character development, age appropriate and gender-specific programs and activities; ensuring that cultural diversity educational programs are implemented; assisting, as needed, in the planning, implementation, and delivery of educational activities and programs for youth ages 6 to 18.


KEY ROLES (Essential Job Responsibilities):

Prepare Youth for Success

  1. Ensure programs, services and activities prepare youth for success, promoting safety of members, quality in programs and appearance of Club at all times.  Provide guidance and role modeling to members. 
  2. Contribute to the planning and implementation of the strategic plan by:
  • Planning and organizing a range of program services and activities for members, such as field trips, program specific activities, guest speakers, field trips, etc.
  • Welcoming new members and participate in their orientation process.
  • Initiating new programs with the approval of the Program Director/Unit Director.
  • Promoting and stimulating program participation. 
  1. Ensure quality improvement by monitoring and evaluating program achievement against target goals, recommending modifications that respond to member needs and interests and participating in weekly Club staff meetings.
  2. Create bulletin boards and posters publicizing and announcing program events.  Establish a system of recognition about members and their program activities.
  3. Participate in local, state, regional, and national Boys & Girls Clubs programs and competitions.

Health and Safety

  1. Ensure a healthy and safe environment, supervising members in program area.
  2. Maintain the cleanliness of program area.
  3. Maintain an inventory of program equipment and supplies in good order.  Recommend requisitions as necessary.

Program Administration

  1. Prepare weekly reports for the Program Director/Unit Director regarding activities, special programs, upcoming events, attendance, and other reports as required.
  2. Maintains a daily written schedule.  Ensures that programs begin and end on time.



  1. May participate in additional special programs and/or events.
  2. Evenings/weekend work may be involved.
  3. May be required to drive Club van.
  4. Other duties as assigned.



Internal:  Maintains close, daily contact with branch staff and volunteers, branch members, and supervisor to receive/provide information, discuss issues, explain guidelines/instructions; instruct; and advise/counsel.




High School diploma or GED

Clean Driving record


  • Knowledge of youth development
  • Ability to motivate youth and manage behavior issues
  • Ability to work with the public
  • Ability to plan and implement quality programs specific to area (arts & crafts, performing arts, gym, etc.)
  • Ability to organize and supervise members in a safe environment
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