Youth Development Leader

 Qualifications: (Minimum Education and Experience)

  • Must be 21 years of age or high school graduate
  • Requires the ability to work well and communicate with supervisory staff, children, and parents.
  • Requires skills in directing and conducting recreational activities to engage youth in programs.
  • Must pass a background screening for child care workers.

Position Description:

Under the direction of the Site Director, Counselors will implement recreational activities with groups of up to 16 students.  They will work as a member of a team to implement age-appropriate learning and enrichment activities.  Counselors will serve as positive role models by displaying positive behaviors encouraging students to respect themselves as well as others.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Shows initiative, resourcefulness and sound judgment in developing activities for children whenever there is free time and there is a need for unscheduled activities.
  • Shows respect for children and requires respect from children.
  • Shows respect for supervisors and peers.
  • Takes an active role in making sure that program objectives are met.
  • Puts safety and security of children first, never leaving children unattended or in harm’s way and respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid.
  • Supervises games and sports activities, without participating in horseplay with children or peers.
  • Accompanies children on buses when en route to and from field trips to ensure children’s safety and maintain appropriate behavior.
  • Sets a positive example for children to follow.
  • Serves as a role model for children by leading and supervising children’s activities, setting a positive example, and showing respect to others.
  • Observes children’s behavior and applies appropriate behavior-management techniques.  Alerts Site Director or Teachers of excessive behavior problems.
  • Does not become physical with children or attempt to impose discipline.
  • Informs and alerts the Site Director or teacher to any incident that is out of the ordinary that may require attention or intervention.
  • Makes recommendations to Site Director on behalf of children deserving of positive reinforcement, recognition, and/or discipline.
  • Participates in meeting with Site Directors to discuss issues specific to the site, demonstrating teamwork and cooperation.
  • Demonstrates professionalism when interacting with children, parents, Site Director, teachers, volunteers, visitors, etc. ensuring that each person is treated with dignity and respect.
  • Adheres to all Swope Corridor Renaissance policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations.

How to apply

  1. Download application here
  2. Return via email to Kris Collins at kcollins@scr-upperroom.org or in person at 2803 E. 51st Street KCMO 64130

For more information, please contact Kris Collins-Director of Educational Programs at

kcollins@scr-upperroom.org