Supportive, Collaborative culture with kids as the first priority
Impact Specialist (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – September 19, 2018
I come in and have some time to settle before tasks are presented to me, and I am given time to complete any of my own tasks I know need to be completed as well. We are given time to prepare and meet before kids arrive, and everyone knows what is expected for the day. My managers are constructive and supportive but firm. We are all given room to personalize our approach within the parameters of our organizational standards. I learned how to manage large groups of kids, implement programming, create programming, facilitate discipline when needed, mentor and collaborate with my peers, and make connections with difficult children.
The culture at the clubs is very friendly, supportive, and compassionate. I have never received judgement for needing a mental health day, needing some help, or providing constructive criticism. The toughest part of the job is the stress. There are times when I feel I haven't been given enough notice to prepare for a group, or when supplies haven't been provided or replenished. At times there are children at the club who I feel have not received consequences fitting their behavior.
By far, the kids are the most enjoyable part of my job. I have forged strong connections with so many of them. If/when I leave I will be sad to leave them behind.
fun with the kids, expression, fun staff, family-like environment, fulfilling work
no breaks once kids are there, very stressful