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Inclusion (Special Needs) Counselor- Livonia Family YMCA

  • Type:Seasonal
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$9.40/ hr
  • Posted Date:04/09/2018
  • Deadline to Apply:05/29/2018

The Livonia Family YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is seeking positive role models who are caring, outgoing, creative, love to have fun, and enjoy being outside, to work with children and teens, ages 3-14, with various special needs. The primary responsibility of a Day Camp Youth Development Inclusion Counselor will be working one-on-one or in group settings helping individuals achieve personal goals and build self-confidence and to ensure the safety and fun of the campers. Candidates should be compassionate, caring with the desire to gain experience in the Special Needs field while working with others to help them meet their personal goals of growth socially and physically. This will be an opportunity to work in a fun environment helping others make the best of their camp experience in an inclusive setting. Supervised by the Program Manager.
· Provide support to all campers through guidance, encouragement, recognition and fun.
· Help cultivate friendships between campers and establish a sense of belonging for all involved with camp.
· Serve as a role model for all youth and staff participating in the day camp program by displaying exemplary behavior at all times.
· Plan, assist, and implement program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA core values for campers.
· Implement modifications to activities and schedules as necessary to ensure your assigned camper participates to the full level of their ability.
· Be willing to dress up, save the world, sing a song and lose the game when needed.
· Ensure a safe and nurturing environment; attending to the needs of campers at all times.
· Be welcoming to all campers, parents and other staff.
· Consciously create a climate in camp to foster the goals and objectives of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.
· Be the champion for the inclusion camper assigned for the duration of attendance.
· Ensure consistent communication between the camp, yourself, and the parents of your assigned camper.
· Attend all staff meetings and trainings.
· Assume equal responsibility of general housekeeping tasks.
· Following YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical situations and behavior management, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
· Must be at least 18 years of age.
· Will be available for training in May through the final day of camp, August 31.
Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.
Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.
Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.
Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.
· Experience working with youth preferred.
· At least 18 years of age.
· High school diploma or equivalent required.
· Meets the requirements set forth by the state-licensing agency. Documentation of DHS clearance prior to starting work, ICHAT clearance, background check, CPR, First Aid, AED, and Child Safe certifications are required at the start of camp.
· Complete Blood Borne Pathogens training, Redwoods, and concussion trainings as required.
· Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.
· Ability to plan, lead and participate in all physical activities
· Ability to sit and stand from a seated position on the floor when interacting with children.
· Capability to be outside participating for the majority of the day. 

 How to Apply:
If interested please contact Youth Development Manager, Kelly Plocharczyk, at to apply. 


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