In Home Family Consultant (Former Employee) – West Palm Beach, FL – February 28, 2017
A typical day at work would start at my stationed school I learned a lot about school based team meetings and IEP's. Management was great and very supportive. The workplace culture was very pleasant. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with children, teachers and their families.
Family Teacher (Current Employee) – Omaha, NE – September 23, 2015
Most challenging, yet most rewarding job ever experienced. Worked with teenagers who had behavioral concerns but had the most positive and supportive experience with administration and upper management. Youth and families are first and the organization truly cares about helping heal families.
Opportunity for advancement and supportive management, great benefits
Way of life - No free time, competitive but still non-profit pay
Assistant Swim Coach, Open Recreation Aide (Former Employee) – Boys Town, NE – August 1, 2016
Working at Boys Town has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my adult life. It is refreshing to work with a group of coworkers who are all similar in that they sincerely care about creating positive experiences for youth as part of the Boys Town staff. The hardest part of this job is dealing with negative behaviors by the youth, but interacting with other staff and family teachers ultimately taught me the skills I needed to appropriately handle those difficult situations.
Fast paced working environment working with at-risk teenagers.
Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) – Oviedo, FL – June 13, 2015
The typical day of work consists of working with at-risk youth in a youth shelter. My job title is a Youth Care Worker. I work with approximately twenty other Youth Care Workers and several Supervisors. The hardest part of this job is being able to build relationships with some of the youth that arrive at the shelter. Some of these youth stay anywhere from 7 to 30 days. Building relationships is difficult with a short time frame. The most enjoyable part of this job is being able to make a difference in the lives of some of these youth. Our overall mission at Boys Town is to teach youth appropriate social skills so that they may be successful transitioning into society and so that these youth can be reunited with their families as well.
Crisis Counselor (Current Employee) – Omaha, NE – July 29, 2015
Boys Town is a refreshing work environment where the management encourages suggestions and ideas on how to improve the workplace and functionality of job duties. The focus on providing positive and negative feedback instead of only pointing out flaws or limitations.
Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) – Omaha, NE – May 3, 2014
The kids are wonderful--challenging, but wonderful. The management is the worst I have worked with in 30 years of employment. Turnover is 50% this year alone. The kids would make the ridiculously low wages worthwhile, if management didn't bring morale down so badly. Benefits are truly wonderful and is the sticking point for many who stay.
Great place to work and they really care about the kids
Fieldhouse Staff (Former Employee) – Omaha, NE – April 30, 2016
This was a great job! They do a really good job training and it was a lot of fun. They really care that the kids are getting help and have the best model I have ever seen working with mental and behavioral health in children.
great model, good training, good management
Can be stressful working with kids who have behavioral issues
Family Teacher (Former Employee) – Portsmouth, RI – May 22, 2014
This has been by far one of the hardest and most rewarding job I've ever held. The kids that come in are challenging, but when you see change happen it's a beautiful thing. The model of care they teach you in Omaha is kinda silly and sometimes seems a little ridiculous. However, when a youth is noncompliant the skills and steps they teach you really benefit.
In the negative, the management is one of the worse I have ever seen in my career history. They make decisions without preparing how to handle the change. Those running the family homes (family teachers and the assistant family teachers) have to clean up the messes from upper management. There is a huge separation from the family home program and the administration. Personally, I have had my personnel issues discussed with other office staff that have no direct relation or business knowing my personal or personnel issues.
There is poor planning that takes place. Issues aren't appropriately thought through and it ends up effecting the care and happiness of not only the staff, but the youth and children. They place kids that have too severe behavior in the family home and don't have the means or resources to care for them. Because employee turn over is so high this also effects campus morale. They terminate employees for bogus reasons or they end up allowing severe issues to continue for years.
The health benefits are pretty good although they don't pay for contraceptives. However for family teachers that live in the home they actually limit the amount of birth children you can have living with you. Another greatmore... benefit is the rent free living - however in my opinion it doesn't cover the price you pay to sacrifice your time and life you dedicate to daily live with your job.
Management come to your home unannounced. They call you with last inure requests and expect you to fulfill it right away. They will request that you do things that are outside of your duties because of a clause in your contract of "and other duties as assigned by your supervisor". If you refuse you will be then reviewed as insubordinate and unprofessional.
Overall this has been one of the worst companies I've ever worked for. Also, if you don't have at least a bachelors degree you have no career advancement opportunities.less
90% of meals are in the home, no living expenses, health benefits, the kids
Management, no job/life separation, no career advancement
Rewarding workplace with opportunities to change lives of teenagers.
YOUTH CARE WORKER (Current Employee) – Grand Island NE – May 27, 2015
I have learned a lot about myself and what I am able to accomplish through my 2 years working with Boys Town. The management is very professional, supportive and helpful when times are tough at work and in your life. My co-workers are like my family at work. We are all a team and a supportive team is needed when working with the clientele that we work with. The hardest part of the job is that it can be very mentally and emotionally demanding, which is why a supportive team is needed to help each other out. The most enjoyable part of the job is the ability to change the lives of troubled youth and have a positive impact on them.
A positive impact on the lives of teens, supportive staff and very helpful, not physically demanding
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Assistant Family Teacher (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – July 2, 2015
Highly committed to the development of youth on an educational and behavioral level. Very relaxed work environment in which management and employees are always communicating and seeing eye to eye. Very focused on the development of staff just as much as the youth. All experiences are learning experiences. The understanding of the importance of a functional family life, both in the workplace and out is what, I believe makes them a very prestigious workplace.