Life changing experience although can be overwhelming and inconsistent working environment
Youth Care Work (Former Employee) – Mukwonago, WI – December 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.
Free lunch, rewarding experience, great training
inconsistent rules, some managers go against what they say a YCW should do, some verbal/disrespectful behaviors from clients
Certified Youth Care worker (Current Employee) – Mukwonago, WI – September 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.
Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) – Mukwonago, WI – June 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.
Non-profit company for residential and group home clients.
Certified Youth Care worker (Current Employee) – Mukwonago, WI – July 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.
free meals, many outdoor activities to enjoy with the clients