Family and Consumer Sciences Impact: Quality Staff for Youth Programs

September 9, 2013 in Impact Stories

Issue:

The area of youth development is considered to have a high turnover rate. It is difficult to find quality staff to fill part time positions.  Once they are filled, it is difficult to keep the positions staffed.

Response:

This year, I spent a great deal of time working with current staff to help recruit quality staff for the after school programs. I have done research on attributes of successful youth development workers and planned interviews and trainings accordingly.  I have also surveyed staff to find out what they feel is important attributes to do their job successfully and what would keep them happy and enthused in their current positions.

Impact:

  • Over the past year, we have lost only 3 staff to other positions, all of which were full time and in their field of education.  We only lost 3 other staff, both due to time constraints.
  • Based on staff surveys and evaluations, new and long term staff has reported an increase in job satisfaction over the past year.
  • All but one staff member stayed on for the summer program.  The one who did not had a full time job that would not allow her to attend daily.