Youth Activity Aide

Upbring - McAllen, TX3.3

The Youth Activity Aide is responsible for implementing and maintaining on ongoing activities program and points program for the residents. This position will collaborate with departments within the programs and internal as well as external individuals for the planning, coordination, scheduling and facilitation of recreational activities on and off-site.

Essential Duties

Design age-appropriate activities for the residents
Supervise residents during activities, on and off campus activities
Maintain recreational supplies and equipment
Provide cottages with recreational schedules and supplies
Ensure directions and guidelines are presented during activities
Participate in cottage and staff meetings; utilize positive child management techniques including verbal redirection, de-escalations and physical containment
Reinforce positive behavior by providing healthy, positive incentives for residents
Be a positive role model for residents
Maintain safe and orderly environment for residents
Maintain calendar of scheduled events and activities for each resident
Document residents progress in activities for monthly & quarterly reports
Model constructive behavior and communication skills
Conduct recreational admission assessments
Teach residents about money management skills using the allowance accounts and a point store
Develop extra activities for intense level youth
Works with the Business Office Manager to keep track of all financial expenditure
Keep up with all required training hours per minimum standard
Other duties as assigned by the Program Director or Team Lead

Working Relationships

Coordinate responsibilities and appropriate activities with other organizational programs and components
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with management, staff, residents, families and sponsors, community partners, and professional service providers
Work closely with the Program Director and staff to ensure residents are receiving the highest quality of care and the program is operating efficiently and effectively and is meeting the goals and objectives of the program and the needs of the resident
Work as team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices
Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma or GED equivalent
Must be at least 21 years of age
Minimum of one 1 year experience in a social or recreational program
Possess a valid driver's license and have and excellent driving record
Possess interpersonal skills, as well as organizational and planning skills
Ability to work as a positive team member
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
Possess sensitivity to the service population's cultural and socio-economic characteristics
Ability to establish a respectful relationship with persons served in order to help them gain skills and confidence
Ability to work collaboratively with other staff and/or service providers or professionals
Capacity to maintain a helping role and to intervene appropriately in order to meet service goals
Ability to work independently with limited supervision
Preferred Qualifications

Associate’s degree in Social Work, Social Services, Human Services, Psychology, Special Education, or closely related field
3 years’ relevant experience in a social or recreational program
Physical Demands & Work Conditions

This position will require constant bending, kneeling, twisting, stretching, and reaching, frequent walking, sitting, and standing for long periods of time
Position works in a child facility and has constant exposure to children
Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs

The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.


The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer.