Summary: Youth advocates are usually the assistants of the youth counselors or youth coordinators. Youth advocates are what we call the mouthpiece or voice of the youth. They plan and get together the youth for team building activities and for personality development exercises.
Duties: Youth advocates are like junior youth counselors. They are in charge of creating and collaborating youth gatherings, activities and workshops. They must find ways for the teens to be more aware and care for the environment as well as the people around them. They strategically divide teens into support groups and help them with their everyday problems. Youth advocates need to know and survey what the youth need and want. They need to carry out a plan on how to achieve their goals. They need to attend meetings and workshops themselves that will help them in understanding how a teenage mind works. Youth advocates need act as big brothers and sisters to most of the teens in the support groups. They serve as role models and good influences on the teenagers for the teens to strive harder to reach their goals and be better people of the community. Youth advocates also help students who have trouble with the academics. They put together after-school sessions that serve as tutoring sessions. They review the students and go over lessons that the student finds hard. Then they create mock tests for a student to pass to prove that they’ve learned the present lesson.
Education and Training Requirements: A youth advocate can be a graduate of a psychology degree or anything similar or related to it. A master’s degree is not required for level entry jobs. Some courses may help in doing this job well. An associate’s degree on the same is also accepted.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements: To be a successful youth advocate, one must be patient with people, especially teens. You will need to understand how a teen’s mind works, as well as know how to deal with their problems and tantrums. He/she must have good oral communication skills to be able to speak with the children, and to the people supporting your cause.
Working Conditions: Youth advocates are sometimes volunteer jobs, and therefore need not be hands on the whole time. Youth advocates do not necessarily have to work 40 hours a week.
Salary: The average salary for a youth advocate is $43,000 annually. Their average salary is dictated by its industry and location. It differs per company. Usually, the more experience you have, the higher the salary and the more benefits you receive.