Superior work environment with limited and competitive growth opportunities. Not for the weak of character or will.
Pros: good starting pay, overtime, full benefits
Cons: limited advancement opportunities, lack of accountability in regards to management, no tuition reimbursement or education incentives
As a Youth Specialist at the Children's Village, specifically the TRAC Program, you can expect that your day will follow a schedule to assist in a consistency and flow. However, that will be the only thing you can guarantee will be the same from day to day.
In order to fill this position, you must be willing to wear multiple hats at the same time while – more... being able to switch gears and go from cooking lunch or dinner, for example, to having a Life Space Interview (LSI) with a minor to identify problematic behavior or assist in cleaning the cottage to build a rapport with the residents. This is not a job, it becomes a lifestyle. To say that you will not become emotionally invested in your residents would be a folly.
The leadership at the Children's Village TRAC Program is wonderful, they are attentive, open to suggestions and proactive in their roles as a bridge between the upper echelon of the organization and the front line staff. However, for every amazing Assistant or Senior Supervisor there are also those individuals who have become complacent or, at times, detrimental to the staff with their lack of attention or laziness. While this is not enough to damage the overall experience in the organization, it will still leave a bad taste in your mouth when you come across these certain individuals. This problem is only exacerbated by the fact that said individuals are high tier decision makers who at times seem to be unapproachable.
The Children's Village TRAC program is an amazing, close knit, progressive place to work where your input will be valued and your work appreciated by the residents and your supervisors. Limited advancement opportunities make long-term employment options limited, but the right candidates will find no trouble making lateral or horizontal advancements through either the program or the organization in general. This is not the place for those persons who are easily offended or in need of constant approval. You will need thick skin to survive, but if you do the reward of knowing you've helped a child and done so while making a wage you can live off of and having a full benefits package only makes it that much sweeter. – less