Youth workers are people who look after the emotional well-being and social development of young people. They provide basic counselling as well as support for victims of bullying to more severe cases of sexual abuse. Their aim is to provide positivity, energy and hope for their cares in order to give them a better chance for the future. The care and guidance normally takes form in recreational and educational activities, aiming to provide skills and confidence.
How to become a youth worker
The most important trait in any youth worker is a passion for young people and a desire to see them succeed. You should be patient, kind, understanding and hugely enthusiastic. On top of these personal characteristics, you’ll need to gain a certificate or diploma in youth work, and also pass a Working With Children Check which can be obtained from your local government services office.
Youth workers in Australia can expect to make between 39,000 to 63,000 per year.