An effective staff is a key factor in having a successful program. Knowing what's expected of us, whether it is staff or students, is the first step in being effective. Having the freedom to be creative and express our talents is the second step. The following are general guidelines of what we are expected to do and how we are expected to be while we are doing it. These guidelines provide structure to help us be more effective in working with youth, while being general enough to afford us freedom to use our creativity.
While working with Teen REACH you are expected to be engaged in one or more of the following duties:
- Build rapport with students, be respectful
- Be an appropriate & positive role model
- Assist with recreational and life skills activities
- Help maintain order and structure during activities
- Tutor students in academics
- Maintain communication with Site Supervisor, report any issues immediately
While engaging with students or others you are expected to be able to:
- Respectfully communicate with adolescents and adults
- Display professional behavior
- Be a team player
- Maintain appropriate boundaries
You are Youth Development Staff, which puts you in the category of professionals that work with children, such as teachers, social workers, and counselors. As professionals there are certain types of conduct expected for your position.
- Scheduling - We expect our staff to be where they are supposed be, when they are supposed to be there. We understand that many of you have very hectic schedules. If for some reason you will be late or can't come in we need you to notify the supervisor as soon as possible. You are also not allowed to be on the premises when you are not scheduled to be.
- Dress - The general rule with professional dress for Youth Development Staff is business casual. Jeans can be acceptable as long as they are in good condition with no holes or rips. Dress that is not acceptable includes; low cut or mid-drift blouses, clothes that are too short or too tight, pajamas, t-shirts or other clothing with questionable printing, hats or hoodies up indoors, or visible piercing jewelry other than ears. If a staff member will be teaching recreation or sports appropriate athletic clothing is acceptable.
- Conduct - Students often learn by example. As Youth Development Staff part of our job is to set a good example. Always using appropriate language, resolving conflicts respectfully, and displaying a positive attitude are expected from Teen REACH Staff. Negativity towards students or other staff members is unacceptable.
- Work duties - As part of setting a good example, we expect our staff to remain on task and stay engaged with the students. Unacceptable work behavior would be: not following the supervisor's directions, using a cell phone during work time, or doing personal business during work time.