Pros: advancement opportunities, gratification when positive changes occur, great team of employees, great health care benefits
Cons: working 16 hour shifts, working every other sunday, no breaks, constantly dealing with young people that have suffered different forms of abuse
Youth Villages is a very well-organized company that offers advancement opportunities and life work that satisfies.
A typical day at Youth Villages begins with meetings. Before going to engage staff, residents, parents, and outside organizations the management team, supervisory team, and or the residential team will meet. Everything from appointments – more... to hospitals and court, daily tasks or assignments, trainings necessary to maintain adequate skill levels, covering auditor information, breakdowns of red flag behaviors, specialized treatment plans all the way to making sure there was enough staff to maintain a safe work place and making sure residents are on the proper medications and actually taking their medications.
I was a part of management and was able to maintain a safe work environment with very low number of crisis situations and critical events. I maintained better retention than 75% of the company and had many staff to transfer into higher positions within the company.
Co-workers at Youth Villages was a wide range of individuals. I was able to get along very well with people in similar to positions as mine that were from very different walks of life.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with the reality of the situations of the residents. To interact with a young person about 10 years old who has been constantly abused both sexually and physically will always be difficult. Trying to provide counseling and constant support as well as advice and simply listening is an extremely hard task. After talking and trying to help the young people get past these events in their lives, having to interact with the parents or adults that abused these young people is one of the hardest things to do.
As sad as the situations are above; that is how wonderful it is at times when you know that you have made a lasting positive change in the lives of young people. When a lesson you have taught or a skill you have taught is used and you can see the difference in the behavior of a young person you have helped the feeling received makes the job worth it! – less