YouthBuild program success isn’t possible without exceptional staff who effectively collaborate with each other to build a strong program. As any YouthBuild program staff member knows, it is uniquely challenging and rewarding work. Each staff member has core duties specific to their role, but they also have responsibilities to reinforce the larger career pathway activities that intersect in important ways through their work with their colleagues, participants, and partners. 

Key factors to consider when hiring the staff for this complex work include :


  • Commitment to youth development

  • Respect for youth

  • Diversity of gender, race,training, life experience, etc.

  • Positive attitude

  • Team orientation 

  • Self-awareness and personal development

  • Technical expertise & skills


Key factors to create a positive and collaborative workplace culture for staff include:


  • Aligning human capital strategies with mission goals 

  • Planning and supporting the workforce to create a citizen-centered and mission-focused organization 

  • Creating a perpetual learning environment 

  • Developing a results-oriented performance culture that rewards those who achieve desired results AND corrects performance deficiencies 

  • Closing mission-critical competency gaps by identifying and recruiting skill-matched talent 

  • Developing an accountability system 


Successful development and implementation of career pathways for participants that promote their current and future personal, educational, and professional growth happen when staff are aligned with the workplace culture, mission, and goals.


Below is a link to an online resource page containing links to a wealth of information to help YouthBuild programs think more critically about staffing and staff development, as well as resources specifically geared towards each required staff role.