You have to love what you do to stay with this company.
I will say that one of the things I am thankful for from the YMCA are the relationships and bonds I have built with families and co-workers and that is one of the reasons why I continue to come to work. It is motivating to have members engage with you, remember you, and enjoy having you around. It is heart warming to know that a child in your program looks forward to being in your group during after school program or to know that you can be a positive impact on their life. It is exciting to come to work with great co-workers to talk to and work with. I'm thankful for those relationships, however, for the most part I am unhappy with working for the YMCA and I would not recommend this job to many people. The YMCA has lost it's purpose. How can we work on strengthening a community if we don't have strength as a staff? I have worked in multiple locations (Branch site and Family Center) and over the years I have seen the Y care less and less about their own staff. I typically work with the children in after school care and summer camp and it seems like as long as you are 18 you will be hired. Counselors are not being properly trained, supervisors do not check on their staff to see what actually goes on in program, and things are completely unorganized. If I did not have a love for children, this job would not be worth keeping. I've gone to my supervisors about situations that happen in program in regards to staff or children but it does not sound like my voice is heard because little to nothing has been done to resolve the situations. For example, my supervisor has been told multiple - több...
Great opportunities to build relationships.
Low pay, lack of communication, and little leadership.
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