Child & Youth Worker (CYW)

Child & Youth Workers help youth and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning and provide counselling and referrals to other supportive social services.

$35,000 - $60,000+

College Diploma

High Demand

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Dwight Millington

Child & Youth Worker 

I was born and raised in the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines. I was brought up with both parents in my life and I finished my secondary schooling in St Vincent and the Grenadines and came to Canada in 2010 for a better life and more opportunities. The reason I chose to work with youth is because of my strong upbringing. I was left to care a lot for the kids throughout the community and overtime this experience sparked a passion to see them fulfill their dreams. 

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What is your educational background?
George Brown College – Academic upgrading program,
George Brown College – Child and youth worker

What are your daily roles and responsibilities?
Mentoring and supporting youth
Develop and plan appropriate activities
Act as a positive role model
Providing social and educational tools
Facilitating activities that promote positive behaviour
Initiate and maintain regular contact with parents/guardians

What advice would you give the 15-18 year old version of yourself?
The advice I would give my younger self is to appreciate everything that someone does for you, but do not expect anything from anybody.

Core Responsibilities


Provide youth with social/emotional support


Connect youth and families to community resources


Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take protective action.


Work with community partners to help build social supports

Typical Workplace

  • Typically stationed in school and community centre settings
  • Provide counsel and therapy to help youth resolve social and personal problems
  • Plan programs of assistance for youth 
  • Refer youth to agencies that provide financial assistance, legal aid, housing, medical treatment and other services
  • Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take authorized protective action when necessary

Attributes & Abilities 

Creativity Skills
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Organized & detail-oriented
Communication skills
Collaborative skills
Educational skills
Grade 11

English (ENG3C)
Mathematics: (MEL3E1/MBF3C1/MCF3M1/MCR3U1)
Parenting (Recommended)
Cooperative Education (Recommended)

Grade 12

English (ENG4C)
Cooperative Education (Recommended)

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Child & Youth Worker

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