The Youth Development Center in Aiken, SC is a program through Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute that works with at-risk youth who have been termed status offenders (status offenses are things such as truancy, behavior problems, breaking of school policies, etc.) We are located on a 400 acre camp which features canoeing, camping, low and high ropes courses and many recreation sites. The YDC provides a residential program to a maximum of 32 females at a time. The primary educational goals include: behavior modification, improve study skills, create a passion for learning, core subjects (Math, Science, English and Social Studies), recreational training, social skills training and more. Staff will have flexible work schedules, and there will be many opportunities to pick up trainings and experience that add to an instructor’s knowledge.
Shepherd and supervise youth as they go about their day.
Plan and lead adventure based activities.
Provide teaching, crisis intervention, orientation of new juveniles and serve as a treatment team member.
Help youth with in class assignments as directed by certified teacher.
Perform administrative duties as required, including oral or written reports, headcounts, clinic notes, etc.
Supervise sanitation and maintenance procedures to ensure cleanliness and orderliness of the facility and general health/safety of the residents.
Residential duties on certain nights.
Monitors safety and security procedures for the facility.
BA or BS in Outdoor Education, Adventure Programing, Social Science, Youth Development or other related field is preferred
Experience working with at-risk students preferred
Must have patience, empathy, understanding, flexibility and high energy
Must demonstrate teaching skills and the ability to implement creative “hands-on” methods
Must be physically able to perform tasks required to teach outdoors
Must be willing to work as a team with clear objectives
Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.
About Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute
The Youth Learning Institute's mission is to create and deliver unique hands-on learning opportunities through non-traditional delivery system that builds relationships and improves life-skills. Our vision is to be recognized as the nation's foremost authority on the delivery of innovative experiential learning activities in nature-based settings by promoting the development of quality relationsh...ips and building effective life skills.
To accomplish this, The Youth Learning Institute uses an active, energetic environment that extends learning beyond the classroom and provides real-life opportunities that support a culture of scholarship. Inquiry-based experiences create a passion for learning, unlocking a 'magic classroom.' Various modes of programming can be used to deliver academic learning in a variety of ways. Participants are immersed in activities throughout the day where even the routine becomes an opportunity for learning.