Youth Development Specialist (YDS) (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 27, 2017
Long hours and a very thankless job. A systematic level of chaos but its rewards are in your pay (which overtime was ALWAYS in demand) and your time off (which was ALWAYS negotiated or sent out for approval based on electronic response).
This position (and job) is not to be considered a career position towards immediate or first come advancement into something else. Consider all your other options!
Youth Development Specialist (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 10, 2017
Not a place for people with families (i.e. wife, husband, children). Too stressful. Great place for young people to make money. Administration is terrible. Policies in place that don't go in tune with the overall structure of the facility. Poor Management all around.
If you can stand being berated, exhausted and tired this is the place
Assistant Team Leader (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 4, 2017
If you want experience working in a detention center then this is the place. It is easy to get sucked in to making a lot of money and lose yourself in that mind set. You really need a ground out look on life and a strong spiritual background. Management is deplorable. You have a lot of unqualified individuals in positions making very unintelligible decisions. If you are looking for professionalism this is not the place. My advice get in, get the experience and get out quick.
Youth Development Specialist (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 29, 2016
Working with Juvenile who have been charged as adults with crimes committed,The system doesn't care about trying to teach the kids in school, they allow for them to continue with the same violent behavior without teaching them new coping and life-skills. Co-Workers are very dedicated people, who care about these kids regardless of the crimes they committed. We treat them with respect and show them better ways on how to channel their angry through positive means. If staff creates positive programs, management doesn't support it because the goal isn't to help the kids it's to continue thew same vicious cycle so they can continue to return. I just enjoyed talking and motivating the kids to do better and to see the look on their face when they feel comfortable with me and willing to do better.
Youth Development Specialist (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 24, 2016
Unprofessional, low staff moral, management as a whole is ineffective (there are a select few members of management that are competent and supportive, but unfortunately they are negated by the overwhelmingly larger amount of managers that are not). Balancing a personal life with work is difficult due to mandatory overtime. The security of your job can be put at risk based on other staff member's unethical behaviors. Everyone in the payroll/HR department is an enigma (in two years of employment I never spoke to my timekeeper, despite having several errors on my paycheck...always had to find someone else to do her job for her). Payroll/HR do not return voicemails or emails on a regular basis. This is a soul crushing job.
Youth Development Specialist (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – August 27, 2015
I counseled residents through daily activities with the residential and educational programs. I provided direct and continuous supervision of JTDC residents for safety within facility. I administered behavior management programs for crisis intervention in units. I intervened in crisis situations within using verbal de-escalation and physical restraint techniques
Horrible management/Mandatory overtime regardless of personal obligations
Youth Development Specialist (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – April 22, 2015
Fun place to work with a lot of diversity!! The pay is minimal like most social service jobs. And the case notes are a pain but a must do if the agency is to continue servicing clients as Medicaid notes are a cash cow for this agency. However, I learned a lot from my experience and my coworkers!
Professional Development Specialist (Current Employee) – Training – November 8, 2014
I have the pleasure of holding various positions at Cook County. Met wonderful people who gave me support and an opportunity to grow. Hardest part about the job is not taking it personal. Seeing youth and wanting to help them find better opportunities in life makes me get up everyday and continue with my path.
Supervise residents with daily living; and disciplined leader with the proven ability to remain calm and deliver results in high-pressure situations
Youth Development Specialist (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 18, 2012
A typical day at the Juvenile Detention Center, is breaking up a fight between two residents. I have to keep account of all residents at all time, we are under a program called CBT that stands for Cognitive Behavior Training. It allegedly teaches the residents how to think before they react to a situation. In working for this facility I have learned you have to have patience in that type of facility. Management does not stick together very well. My Co-workers tries to do the best they can. The hardest part of my job, is accepting the mental abuse the residents displays to us.The most enjoyable part of my job is knowing that at least one of the resident was listening to all the encouraging words that we give.