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Stressful place to work
Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) –  Mukwonago, WIAugust 15, 2017
In my time at Norris, there was little protection granted to youth care workers in terms of safety and job security. There was little room for advancement and the pay was too low for the amount of work that we did. There was no structure and the kids took advantage of that. Recommendations were often given, but were thrown under the rug. Staff there were treated poorly by a lot of the management team, and we did not feel supported.
Pros
great co-workers
Cons
Everything else
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It's a great and overall good place to work.
Youth Care Counselor (Current Employee) –  Mukwonago, WIJune 20, 2017
The work place is very fast paced and has it ups and downs because the kids can be very challenging. As a company they are trying really hard to unite kids and familird.
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Life changing experience although can be overwhelming and inconsistent working environment
Youth Care Work (Former Employee) –  Mukwonago, WIDecember 4, 2015
This opportunity was very rewarding! I really enjoyed being able to help and connect with some of the residents and many of the cottage managers are flexible with event planning. The new documenting system they switched over to had some glitches but once you got the hang of it it was very simple and easy to use.

If you work as a youth care worker you are responsible for prompting the residents to get ready for school and take them down to breakfast. From there you are assigned an area to assist a teacher within the school domain and you also monitor an assigned lunch time. You'll document first shift progress notes after school and then second shift will follow the program activity calendar, which are treatment related.
Pros
Free lunch, rewarding experience, great training
Cons
inconsistent rules, some managers go against what they say a YCW should do, some verbal/disrespectful behaviors from clients
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job securiety
youth care worker (Current Employee) –  Big Bend, WINovember 5, 2015
I like teaching the kids about life. I went to school to help kids and adults get back on track with their life and I like working in this field.
Pros
expierence
Cons
working with people
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Helping clients achieve their goals for life.
Certified Youth Care worker (Current Employee) –  Mukwonago, WISeptember 6, 2015
Norris is a great place to work. Each day we help clients in school and in treatment. The hardest part of the job is to let things go when clients are having a hard time and take things out on staff. The most enjoyable part is teaching clients new hobbits and independent living skills.
Pros
Free Food
Cons
Short Breaks
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Productive and stressful
Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) –  Mukwonago, WIJune 26, 2015
A typical day consists of groups(social skills, independent living skills, etc.) and group or individual activities(off grounds, flag football, basketball, swimming, etc). I've learned that you can't reach every at risk youth with the same treatment technique. The hardest part of the job is listening to youth disrespect the people that are there to help them. The most enjoyable part of the job, is having a positive impact on at least one of the youth I work with.
Pros
Flexible schedules, comfortable attire
Cons
salary and short breaks
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Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) –  Big Bend, WIJune 4, 2015
Nice Entry level place to work.The hardest part of the job was not being able to help everyone. I would stay if the pay increased.
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Great feeling when a difference could be made in a youths life
Youth Counselor (Former Employee) –  Mukwonago, WIMarch 24, 2013
Good place to work with troubled youth. Very difficult when there was troubles with the clientele.
Pros
being able to work with the kids.
Cons
not always being able to help the youth.
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Non-profit company for residential and group home clients.
Certified Youth Care worker (Current Employee) –  Mukwonago, WIJuly 15, 2012
Responsible for all planned daily activities, programs, or groups for clients on the unit.
Weekly paper work for the units needs, the clients needs, and any other general area.
Weekly team meetings with fellow staff to discuss clients accomplishments, their placement and treatment.
Responsible for monthly staffing reports on how clients are doing while at Norris Adolescent Center.
Weekly private sessions with residents.
Weekly monitoring the school, during school hours for any illegal activities.
Trained in verbal judo to decrease restraints of clients. Talking to clients decreases having to put "hands-on" a client.
Tactical ways to safely decentralize a non-compliant client who is out of control and may hurt himself or others.
Pros
free meals, many outdoor activities to enjoy with the clients
Cons
short or no breaks, always monitoring clients
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