Summer Staff FAQs
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How long has YouthWorks existed?
YouthWorks mission trips began in 1994 to provide quality, affordable, Christ-centered mission opportunities for teenagers. That first summer, we had two mission sites with over 400 youth participating in mission trips. Over 25 years later, we have 45+ mission sites and over 20,000 participants join us in service during the summer.
What does a typical week look like?
Each week a group of approximately 65 teenagers and their Adult Leaders come to sites to participate in service. These groups, coming from across the country and many denominational backgrounds, arrive on Sunday afternoons and depart on Friday mornings. Staff facilitate all aspects of the groups’ service and mission experience. From breakfast until lights out, staff serve, build community, organize service projects, lead meals, network within the community, facilitate programming elements and spend time getting to know youth and Adult Leaders. Days are full, weeks have a lot going on and great ministry happens within it all.
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What do the accommodations look like?
Most of our housing sites are local churches or schools where staff will be permitted to stay in a specific section of the building. Most likely, staff will need to purchase an air mattress or sleeping pad to stay on during training and throughout the summer in their assigned community. Showers and laundry may be on-site or off-site, depending on the community.
If hired, when will I find out my community placement?
Staff will find out their specific community and team placement details in the late spring.
Where will I serve?
Summer staff are needed to serve at one of 45+ communities located across the United States and Puerto Rico. The types of communities include: small town, small urban, large urban and Native American reservation. Check out the YouthWorks website to learn more about the unique personality of each community. The majority of staff will be placed in a community outside of their current or home state. YouthWorks intentionally places diverse staff together in order to bring a variety of skills sets and experiences to each team.
Can I choose the community where I’ll serve?
Several factors go into community placement and the process takes much time and prayer. YouthWorks wants to find the best match for staff and communities. After all staff have been hired for the summer, they are assigned to a community. If you have specific knowledge, experience or passion regarding a community or type of community, please let us know during the interview and we will take it into consideration. The YouthWorks Recruiting Team makes all final decisions about community placement.
What are the positions?
A typical site has a Site Director and three Site Coordinators. One Site Coordinator will be a Ministry Support Coordinator while the other two Site Coordinators will be a combination of: Kids Club Coordinator, Community Service Coordinator, and Work Projects Coordinator. YouthWorks also hires several people to fill the Utility Support Coordinator position. See Staff Positions for more details.
Who are you looking for?
We seek individuals with the qualities and traits found in our most successful summer staff – an active relationship with Christ, servant leadership, humility, perseverance, critical thinking, organizational and motivational skills and respect for and ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and denominations. We also are seeking staff who are emotionally ready to serve in a rigorous environment alongside diverse communities and team members. Potential staff should demonstrate flexibility and respect for authority. Many of these traits are the same characteristics that define great leaders in any context. Staff must be 18 years of age and one year post-high school or equivalent.
What are the requirements for working on YouthWorks staff?
YouthWorks staff are selected based on their qualifications. At minimum, potential YouthWorks staff must be in their first year out of high school (equivalent to a first-year college student). YouthWorks policy requires that staff be 20 years or older to be eligible to drive company vehicles; non-driver staff positions are very limited. Positions available to non-drivers are Kids Club Coordinator, Ministry Support Coordinator and Utility Support Coordinator. YouthWorks also requires that staff be able to conduct various physical and strenuous tasks in a safe manner. Tasks include, but are not limited to, lifting and carrying up to 60 pounds, directing participants in meal preparation and safely operating YouthWorks vehicles.
How does training work?
When hired, staff have access to the YouthWorks training website that includes helpful information and summer prep tasks. Summer staff spend their first week of training with their team in Minneapolis, at our training location. After training, staff teams travel (using YouthWorks vehicles) to their community to spend the next week preparing their site for participants. Programming typically begins the following week. A more experienced YouthWorks staff will be present for the first week that participants are on site to provide additional leadership and training for the team. If you want more information about training from former YouthWorks staff, click here to view a video.
Do I need to be CPR or First Aid certified?
Yes. You will need to be Infant, Child & Adult CPR certified and First Aid certified if hired. YouthWorks requires that staff take the skills portion of their CPR course in person. Certification must be completed before the start of summer training. YouthWorks will reimburse you for half the cost of the class(es) if you are hired as summer staff. We advise all hired staff to begin looking for a class as soon as possible. Visit www.redcross.org or www.cpr.heart.org for possible classes in your area. Many schools offer certification classes as well.
What is the application process if I am under 20 years of age?
We encourage all people, at least one year out of high school (equivalent to a first-year college student) or older, to apply at any point in the season. If you are under 20 years of age for the dates of our summer employment, due to our insurance requirements, you are considered a non-driver. There are a limited number of positions for non-drivers which makes these positions very competitive. We begin hiring staff in October and will continue to accept applications until all positions have been filled. Check the summer staff page for staffing updates.
How old do you have to be to be a Site Director?
Site Director candidates must be a graduating college senior, post-college age or at least 4 years post high school. A college degree is not required to be considered for a Site Director position but substantial leadership, maturity and management experience must be shown in post-high school settings.
What are the dates of employment?
In 2020, the dates for full-summer employment are May 22-August 5, 2020. YouthWorks may also be hiring a small number of staff to be starting in June. Site Directors will arrive early to training, so their session of employment will be May 20-August 5, 2020.
How much will I get paid?
The stipend for new full-summer Site Coordinators is $2,750; Site Directors have a higher starting stipend. Returning staff receive a pay increase from their last YouthWorks summer. In addition to your stipend, YouthWorks provides lodging, meals and transportation (with the exception of travel to your training location at the beginning of summer and travel home from that location at the end of the summer, as well as any meals eaten off site). Because of limited summer expenses, summer staff have found that they can make a comparable summer wage to that of a mainstream summer job.
How do I apply?
All applicants must submit an online application. To apply click here.
Is there an application deadline?
The Recruiting team will hire until all positions are full. It is to your advantage to apply as soon a possible rather than waiting, as positions are filled on a rolling basis as interviews are completed.