Job Opening: Youth Program Educator (LEO Coordinator) - Wood County

Posted November 7, 2023

We are recruiting for a Youth Program Educator, called a LEO/BFI Coordinator, to join our team. This is full-time position that provides services in Wood County, Wisconsin.

Our Learn and Empower Oneself (LEO) is operated through the Brighter Futures Initiative (BFI), Substance Use Prevention program in Wood County. The program provides alternatives to substance use and risk behaviors for youth and emerging adults ages 12 through age 20. This coordinator will provide services through out Wood County in partnership with two other Coordinators in the county.

Our LEO program is currently embedded in several high schools and middle schools in Wood County.

The coordinator teaches the Learn & Empower Oneself curriculum, which is an 8-section course that teach youth how and why the brain responds the way it does and provides concrete tools to increase resiliency through cooling down the lower (or primitive) brain and activating higher-brain functioning. The tools learned in the classroom provide both education and alternative strategies to addictive behaviors. LEO is based upon the concepts and tools from the Life Ecology Organization.

In addition, the coordinator will provide individual mentorship for youth to help them apply the LEO concepts and tools into their every-day life.


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in Behavior Science, Human Services or related field.
  • Have outstanding public speaking and presentation skills with proven experience presenting programs.
  • Have knowledge of trauma-informed care and practices.
  • Utilize a strength-based approach to work with youth and emerging adults.
  • Ability to motivate others towards achieving their personal goals.
  • Ability to work independently with strong sense of focus, task-oriented, nonjudgmental, open-minded qualities, and a clear sense of boundaries.
  • Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse families and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate, mentoring participants within the context of their identity, family, community, tribe, history, culture, and traditions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to establish rapport with program participants.
  • A strong sense of and respect for confidentiality involving both participant and fellow employees.

This position requires regular travel throughout Wood County; therefore, the candidate must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

The candidate must pass a background check.

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Employment Status: Full-time (40 hours per week, 8am - 4:30pm, M-F)

Starting Wage: $23.94 - $24.62

How to Apply

Applicants must email a cover letter and a resume addressed to Thomas Prete, President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submissions that do not include a cover letter will be rejected without response.