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WARDELL WHITTAKER

548 N. Lincoln Avenue * Vineland, NJ 08361 *


ww3d44f8@westpost.net * (856)974-4427
Experienced Youth Counselor/Mentor with expertise in
developing, coordinating, directing, and supervising
educational and social activities for at-risk adolescents.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
*More than 10 years experience educating, motivating,
and mentoring clients with physical, emotional, social,
psychological, and/or behavioral issues in DCF,
foster care, and other outreach programs.
*Cultivate client relationships to better understand
their needs, acting as client advocate, while acting
in the best interest of the company.
*Developed sustained relationships and networks with
management, co-workers, clients, and external entities
based on knowledge and trust.
*Work with clients to understand their personal goals and
objectives and provide solutions that meet or exceed
client expectations.
*Train and mentor new counselors using real life situations,
providing both positive and constructive feedback,
reinforcing skills, and building self-esteem.
*Proven self-starter, with ability to build and work
collaboratively in a strong team concept environment
and independently.
*Utilize excellent judgment and time management skills
to balance efforts in the field, multi-tasking to ensure
goals and deadlines are consistently met or exceeded.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
YOUTH WORKER
December 2006-Present
Vineland Residential Treatment Center
Vineland, NJ
Vineland Residential Treatment Center is one of Two DFYS
Residential Treatment Centers in New Jersey devoted
exclusively to serving and safeguarding the most vulnerable
children and families in the state.
*Working with parents and community groups, such as YMCA
and PAL, to win support for improved provision and acting
as an advocate for young people's interests.
*Managing and administering youth and community projects
and resources.
*Assessing the needs of young people, and planning and
delivering programs related to, e.g. health, fitness,
smoking, drugs, relationships and bullying.
*Running arts-based activities, community/environmental
projects, residential activities, outdoor education and
sporting activities (Flag Football, Basketball,
and Softball).
*Undertaking administrative tasks, verifying
information and responding to queries.

PARAPROFESSIONAL
September 2007-June 2009 Creative Achievement
Academy
Vineland, NJ
Creative Achievement Academy is one of the leading
Alternative Schools in New Jersey serving over 27
sending districts from 6 counties.
*Entrusted with math and science lesson plans and
education for small group of 5 students.
*Reinforced all concepts taught by teacher working in
small groups or individually.
*Lead and enhanced experience for students in Visual
and Performing Arts, Health and Physical Education,
Language Arts Literacy, Social Studies, World Language,
Technological Literacy, Career Education, and Testing.
HEAD BASKETBALL COACH
October2003-April 2005
Trocki Hebrew Academy
Egg Harbor Twp., NJ
Trocki Hebrew Academy is one of the top private schools
in New Jersey providing excellent academic programs and
Jewish studies within a supportive and intellectually
challenging environment.
*Direct and coordinate the planning, organizing, and
coaching of the Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams.
TRAINING
*Universal Precautions/Blood borne Pathogens
*Fire Safety
*Human Sexuality/Adolescent Sex Offenders
*Basic Skills for Residential Workers
*Adolescent Suicide and Depression
*Adolescent Substance Abuse
*Resident Child Care Professional Training
*Handle With Care
*First Aid Certified 2010
*CPI Restraint Trained 2009
*Unrestricted Class D Drivers License