Youth Development Worker (YDW)- Children's Aid Society of Ottawa

Youth Development Worker (YDW)- Children's Aid Society of Ottawa

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CAS) is non-profit community organization funded by the Government of Ontario, legally mandated to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect. The CAS is one of over 46 agencies across the province regulated by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and governed by the Ontario Child and Family Services Act (CFSA).

The Position:

The Youth will be working within the Youth Program at the CAS of Ottawa with the goal of supporting and advocating for youth in care. YDW’s are ambassadors for the youth in care and will strive to provide leadership, contribute to program enhancements and engage youth in meaningful and prosocial activities.

 The YDW will work with the CAST team and Youth Resource Facilitators to promote peer support and advocacy programs for youth in care. In doing so, they will be involved in some the following tasks

  • Planning and organizing activities, events, workshops and fundraisers
  • Attending public speaking engagements in the community i.e Health Fairs
  • Facilitating and organizing focus groups to generate feedback and research
  • Advocating for youth in care by communicating with the Society on the needs, wants and desires of youth in care.
  • Participating as a CAST Team member and attend all scheduled planning meetings.
  • Engaging with new CAST/RYIC participants.
  • Participating as a RYIC Team member and attend all scheduled planning meetings
  • Participating in relevant Provincial and National youth in care networks.
  • Attending Eastern Zone Meetings with YouthCAN, the Provincial Youth In Care Network.
  • Attend conferences as a support for youth and staff.


  • Youth in Care: extended society care or Continued Care and Supports for Youth Aged 15+ Enrolled in school program or working
  • A willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • Good organizational skills and an ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Dependable and responsible individual
  • Ability to do research and gather information from youth in care.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Bilingual in English and French is an asset

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