In coordination with the “thank a Youth Worker Day”, on November 4, 2010, we are pleased to introduce Jessica Mooney. Jessica graduated in Spring 2010 from the BA in Child and Youth Care, and is now working locally at the Abbotsford Youth Commission. As a new practitioner to the field of Child and Youth Care, Jessica has a unique opportunity to infuse fresh new ideas into her new job.
Since my graduation from the CYC program at the University of the Fraser Valley, I have been working for the Abbotsford Youth Commission in Abbotsford, BC. I was recently promoted to be a Youth Programs Coordinator and have been enjoying this new position greatly. My overall vision and hope for the CYC field is to one day see it become recognized as a profession all across Canada.
I am hoping to make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families. In my current position, I am working in one of the Youth Commission's youth drop-in centers which are open during the hours immediately following school. This is believed to be one of the most crucial times for youth, considering most parents are still at work and a lot of youth are left to fend for themselves. We offer them a safe environment to come and spend that time which hopefully helps to keep them safe and out of trouble.
In my future I hope to still be involved in the CYC field in whatever ways possible. I graduated with a CYC specialization in Child Life, and hope one day to become a Child Life Specialist. Child Life specialists work with children, youth, and families in a hospital setting.
I hope to see continuous growth in the CYC field and am excited to be a part of that growth. Through great education, learning and dedication, the CYC field will continue to flourish into a profession that is sought after by many.
Since I am a new graduate of the CYC program my learning and growing is happening every day, and will continue throughout my time working in this field. I am looking forward to all experience that comes my way and my continued development as a CYC professional.