Qualifications and Responsibilities


  • Be a young single adult member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in good standing, capable of serving as a peer mentor and leader to youth participants and other staff.

  • Be a minimum of 19 years of age by May 15 and a maximum of 30 years of age on August 31 of the year of FSY participation.

  • Is not currently married and has no dependents in the home.

  • Have at least one year of college education, one year of work experience out of high school, or comparable missionary experience for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Pass a background check.

  • Complete all mandatory training requirements.

  • Serve a minimum of one week, though may serve multiple if schedule allows.

  • Arrive on campus Saturday morning for training, then continue until the youth check out the following Saturday morning.

    • If a YSA has already served a week that summer, they will arrive on campus Sunday evening, then continue until the youth check out the following Saturday morning.

  • Be responsible for own transportation and associated expenses to and from the session unless otherwise notified by the FSY office.

  • Exemplifies the following characteristics:

    • Organization and good time management

    • Leadership and good judgement

    • Professional communication and interpersonal skills

    • Reliability, self-motivation, problem solving skills

    • Teachability, accountability, adaptability, positivity

    • Reception to and action on feedback and direction from supervisors


  • Ensure the physical safety and promote the spiritual well-being of each participant attending FSY, especially the participants in the counselor's assigned group.

  • Effectively teach and lead formal and informal discussions that are consistent with the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Act as an exemplary leader, role model, and mentor for youth participants and fellow counselors.

  • Interact with, motivate, and discipline youth participants in a kind and uplifting manner.

  • Work well with a co-counselor and contribute as a team member.

  • Be able to walk for extended periods during the day, be energized and actively engaged with the youth, perform all duties, and participate in physical activities, including but not limited to playing games, walking up and down stairs, running, jumping, and dancing.

  • Exhibit the mental health and emotional stability necessary to safely engage with and be responsible for participants and perform duties effectively in stressful situations.

  • Read and study the FSY Staff Handbook prior to first week of service and continue study throughout service.

  • Abide by the standards taught in the For the Strength of Youth booklet.