This job gives you a lot of tasks and different obstacles to overcome. It is not just about watching kids, but taking care of them, making them feel safe, helping them with any problems or issues they may face.
I only worked at the YMCA for one summer as a camp counselor. It was a fun job, but it does not pay that high and it can be difficult to deal with the amount of children we had. I would say it is a good job for high school or college students, or maybe teachers who want to work through the summer.
They really want the best for you and your family. They really take care of you and your kids. They want you to have a fun and special time, and they also really take care of your kids, they really do a lot.
Until recently I really enjoyed working for the YMCA. There is a somewhat negative culture at some sites, but the Y has the flexibility to move you to other sites to find people you work well with, which I value.
Working with kids is fun and rewarding
Upper management is not supportive and demand too much of staff
I worked at the check-in counter hours of standing behind a desk and taking membership cards and checking people in and as a member of the Y's after school program. It wasn't the most difficult job and it had good people in the company.
If you like working with kids then this is the job. Don’t expect to get paid much and hours are based off of when students have school. You do not get paid for breaks at all. Very hard for you to advance too.
Working at the YMCA as an after school group leader and summer camp counselor has led me to be more outgoing, outspoken, bring out the leadership skills in me, find creative solutions to problems, and learn what my strengths and weaknesses are. Working with children is both rewarding and exhausting yet the individuals I worked with were supportive and encouraging, so it was not too difficult.
The supervisors here are stingy with pay and give you a hard time if you ask for a raise there are no opportunities to move higher within the company I love working with the kids but the supervisors make it hard to want to come to work when they’re constantly down your neck they expect you to do so much with minimum wage pay