Pros: an opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of the children i work with, friendly work environment.
Cons: compensation and hours
Working for the YMCA has been a very pleasant experience over all. The children that I care for are always very excited to see me, as I am them. A typical day at work consists of non stop movement. From homework time, to group activities, there is always something to do. Because of the diverse backgrounds of the children in our program, I have learned that each child must be dealt with in a manner that best suites their personality and upbringing.
Though my supervisor is a great person and she works very hard, when I first joined the staffing team, management was a struggle. This is not at all because of lack on behalf of my supervisor, but because she was not afforded the resources she needed to properly execute her job as supervisor. Because of that things were a bit unorganized. Since then she has received more staff and more resources, and things have been coming to together in a manner which is conducive to a more productive work environment.
My Co-Workers are a pleasure to work with. They are a great example of what it means to be a team. There really is no hard part to my job. The only challenges that arise are when some of the children are not having a good day.
The part of the job that I enjoy most is working with the children.