Behavioral Health Counselor (Current Employee) – Charlotte, NC – February 1, 2017
I worked the 3rd shift and really enjoyed it aside from the lack of sleep since I have 2 babies at home. Otherwise I mostly did homework during the night and watched Netflix in between bed checks and writing notes until it was time to wake up the kids. Everyone I interacted with was welcoming and friendly. Management was very understanding if you overslept and came in late or if you needed to leave early for family reasons. Not for the weak minded or easily offended. My main reason for wanting it was getting my foot in the door of the mental health field.
Free food, great staff, rewarding, good experience for psych majors
it can wear you out if you don't take care of yourself or your heart isn't in it.
24 hour Therapeutic Behavior Facility for children
Behavior Health Counselor (Current Employee) – Charlotte, NC – June 2, 2016
Transition our kids from the school setting to the housing setting. We would allow them to self reflect among themselves on how their day went, what they could do better, and the steps it would take in order to make that possible. Group activities such as playground time or swimming throughout the week. Helped each individual deal with his/her problems whether they were emotional or mental. Hardest part of the job was physically there wasn't anything you could do to make each child better or normal if you want to say that. The most enjoyable was going to work everyday giving my all to every child there. Also, each child knowing that myself and the other staff were there to help them succeed.
Mental Health Clinician (Former Employee) – Dallas, NC – November 30, 2015
AYN could be a great place to work at if they didn't focus so much on the paperwork and more on the children. Judging paperwork while you are supervising mentally challenged children is close to impossible and not to mention a disservice to these children. The constance hands on approach I completely do not agree with and management does not like getting involved or get there hands dirty more in specific the Dallas-Cherryville site.
Custodian (Former Employee) – Cleveland, OH – September 4, 2015
To obtain employment within a place of business where I can utilize my strong customer care skills, provide dedicated and detail oriented services for all clients, and help a company achieve each of its short term, as well as, long term goals.
Compared to agencies that i have worked in the past I will say AYN provides a stable environment, good benefits, and the ability to grow and learn
Foster Care Coordinator/Treatment Coach (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – August 17, 2015
A typical work day consist of various emails, phone calls, and depending upon how my week was set home visits. In addition I might have to attend court or a meeting at school. I learned how to work with other from various backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances. In addition I learned more about myself and how to manage and maintain in tough situations(crisis response). I had frequent changes(in the 3 years I was employed I had a total of 5 different managers) in management which made it difficult at times cause each person wanted things done their specific way ad some was more hands on and helpful and some was not. My co-workers were very supportive and we were very close we tried to assist each other as much as we could and they made the stress of job seem small by having some office humor and counseling sessions with each other even with the many changes in staff/team members. The hardest part of the job was the long hours and frequent crisis responses that at times interfered in me taking care of my own children. It always seemed that your day/week was never done.The most enjoyable part was working with the kids, seeing them grow, decrease their behaviors, and step down to lower level of care and or home. In addition I enjoyed working with the Foster Parents and building relationships with them which ultimately made the job a little less stressful as a team we really worked together to ensure the children needs were being met.
Supportive Team Members/ Foster Families
A little Stressful and alot of turn around in staff/positions
Landscaping (Former Employee) – Cleveland, OH – August 1, 2015
It gives you a chance to me new people. I did landscaping so going to different people house helping them in there yards from raking things out their grass to plant flowers in their yard. I helped out in a community garden with some other coworkers they gave us refreshments.
Company that has the ability to help many children and adolescents
Behavioral Health (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – July 5, 2015
This company has been a wonderful experience for me. I have learned many models that can assist clients to achieve goals. I have had the ability to change positions as I grew as a therapist and a leader. The hard part of my experience has been balancing my personal and work life within the company. I have found myself giving a lot to my clients. This has been a struggle but I have learned how to achieve the balance that can assist clients and allow me to grow as a person. This company has allowed me to meet co workers that are phenomenal and have taught me a lot.
Intake (Former Employee) – Charlotte, NC – March 19, 2015
Worked for the company for a year or so. The work you do with the families is great, however the pay is low and the workload is a lot. I was unexpectedly terminated without any prior notice after receiving a promotion a month earlier. The executive office holders handled the situation very poorly; which also carried over into some of the business decisions they make and how they engage other employees. Many others were terminated or let go in the proceeding year. Take a job here if you like working for those in need, but not if you are looking for stable long term employment.
I enjoyed working for Alexander Youth Network. The position allowed me to establish relationships with my foster care parents, clients, and co-workers. I love the flexibility of the job. I performed the majority of work in the field and went into the office as needed for meetings, trainings, and records review. The hardest part of the job was balancing my personal life and stress levels while providing quality case management to clients and foster parents.
Schedule flexiblity, establishing relationships in the community, advocating for youth in need
Qualified Mental Health Professional (Current Employee) – Winston-Salem, NC – October 18, 2014
Great work environment. My work consist of going into the home to provide services to children and families in need for mental health services. Participate in individual and group clinical supervision, case conferences, staff meetings, Child and Family Team meetings.
current employee (Current Employee) – Charlotte, NC – September 20, 2014
This place does does some good work for the community and clients. That's probably the best part of working here. However, they do not treat their employees well. They are very cheap with pay. If you are hourly, in order to get all of what they expect you to do, you will work overtime, but your not allowed to get overtime. If you are salary, you're expected to work before and after hours to make sure everything is complete. Some of the expectations they have are not really obtainable unless you do so. Co-workers are great, some of the best I've ever had however, management is bad. That really is the biggest issue. They are inexperienced and not trustworthy. It seems that they are mainly watching out for themselves which leaves the employees on their own; this problem goes all the way up. Not a place you want to stay for too long.
helping the clients
poor management, burnout quickly, overworked, no vacation for part time / PRN hourly employees
Mentor (Current Employee) – Webb, MS – May 21, 2014
getting all the kids together i learned that just because someone doesn't care for doesn't mean you don't care for them Mentor hardest part was trying to get a child through their hard times the most enjoyable part of the job was seeing all the kids smile knowing that everything going to be just fine
getting to help others besides helping myself
trying to figure out a way to help any child individually