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Productive and fun
Daycare worker (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 15, 2018
Supervised 20 children ages 5 and 6 during recreational activities such as arts and crafts and dance lessons to encourage participation
Chaperoned children on walks to the park to ensure their safety
Escorted children to and from community center locations such as classroom, bathroom, and the cafeteria to monitor students and make sure they were in the appropriate area
Maintained the classroom materials like board games and books to keep order and ensure safety
I had a really fun and enjoyable time when working for HCZ
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In theory...maybe.
Teaching fellow (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 12, 2018
The mission of the Harlem children's zone is beautiful...in theory. In practice however, the agency has many problems, particularly in its Promise Academy schools
Pros
free lunches
Cons
stress, chaos
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Not a perm job
Office Manager (Former Employee) –  Harlem, NYJuly 12, 2018
if you need to get by before starting a career this is the job for you. it is seniority so don't come in thinking you'll get what you want. you work hard you get promoted
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working with the kids was a learning experience
Program Aide (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 29, 2018
Working with the kids was amazing but i do think that this job should pay more because of the amount of attention you have to give to these kids and the amount of things you have to do to make sure that each kids is alright though out the day
Pros
Get to know a lot of different kids
Cons
not enough pay
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Only the strong or, favored survives
Program aide (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJune 25, 2018
At times, it can be an enjoyable experience. Truthfully you have more negative experiences than good days. If you're not favored or directly related to those in positions of power, expect to be stagnant & not put in positions to experience growth or advancement. More often than not, you're not judged off of your work ethics or professionalism. Part timers aren't valued yet they play important roles in the day to day running of program. The children are the reason behind the few genuine mistreated worker's returning.
Pros
Amazing children, meeting genuine& compassionate staff if you're lucky
Cons
Too many to list
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The CEO was a hard nose individual.
Assistant Teacher (Former Employee) –  New York, NY 10035June 14, 2018
Loved working with the children and it was close to home so not alot of traveling. I learned how different roles the children play in behavior. The workplace culture was missed.
Pros
Early dismissals
Cons
Short lunch breaks
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Like minded people
Program Director, Community Pride (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 14, 2018
This agency is totally committed to improving the lives of Harlem residents. They built schools for their children and created college opportunities for any child who wanted to improve their lives.
Pros
Operated in the community
Cons
Hired from the community which was not always the best choice of workers.
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Dysfunctional work environment with poor management
Program Aide (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 12, 2018
In the seven months that I worked for the after-school program at Promise Academy there were three changes in management. Through those changes there were no positive advancements in the daily workings. Communication became worse over time causing many mishaps between part-time and full-time staff. The dress code changed based on who was in charge and when it changed it was handled very unprofessionally; the full-time staff was heard gossiping about a part-time staff for wearing a short dress rather than addressing her directly. Another issue was the lack of training. We never recieved training on fire drill protocol until after having a fire drill go wrong because we lacked the knowledge. I must also note that the training came after being lectured about how incompetent we were by full-time staff and how fire drills are "common sense". Overall, I could not deal with the lack of communication, constant gossiping of full-time staff about part-time staff, and weekly lectures of things we were not trained on.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything!
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Okay
Senior Office Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 6, 2018
Love what they try to do, pay is decent, community work is so important.
Good Work-School balance
Provided trainings, informational Staff meetings
Experience to build resume
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Productive Workplace
Leaders In Action, Mentor (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 4, 2018
In Harlem Children Zone, there were various opportunities for college students such as myself at the time. It gives the leverage of moving forward in your education.
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Depends what you are looking for
Case Planner (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJune 3, 2018
This can be a great starting place to work. However, the growth is available despite having to really be patient. The challenges would be maintaining teamwork support, balancing personal care vs office demands and filtering interoffice communication.
Pros
experience, advocating, assisting families, neighborhood travels, collaborating, adapting new ways of communicating
Cons
office mandates changes or becomes miscommunicated, demands can be viewed as a disconnect decision, turnover, and limited but existing growth
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Good p/t job
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 30, 2018
I learned administrative duties while employed here. Ran a lot of reports. Management at the time was ok, not the best, but ok. The most enjoyable part of the day was interacting with the children.
Pros
Good job for a student
Cons
lack of hours
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Change
Peacemaker/Student Advocate (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 30, 2018
Great asset to the community, however working with certain populations bring challenges. The training provided by Harlem Children Zone is intensive but so informative. The trainings provide you with the tools to be affective as you embark on this new found experience.
Pros
The experience prepares your anything
Cons
Lack of team work
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safe and learning zone
School Program's Aide (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 20, 2018
Very interactive and safe work place it provided great opportunities to learn and grow in the work place. I would tell and advise anyone to work for and with Harlem Children Zone.
Pros
Job advancement
Cons
can be let go at anytime
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Great Place to work
Athletic Director's Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 20, 2018
my typical day was not consistent, One day can be consistent of slow not much of slow pace, then the next day can be extremely busy causing to be stressful
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This company is all for promoting within, they offer great oppprtunities
Administrative Assistant/ Interim Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 15, 2018
If you're looking to make a change in someone's life this is the place to be. At HCZ it's all about doing things to impact the lives of children and bringing the community together through the many activities they offer.
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Workplace culture
Dean (Current Employee) –  125th Madison Ave 35 EMay 13, 2018
Harem Children`s Zone is an environment where you help nurture the kids in order for them to evolve. Most difficult and challenging part is coming to an agreement with administration and feeling like you are being treated fairly as an employee.
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Changing the meaning of education
Tutor (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 12, 2018
Harlem Children’s Zone is a highly progressive, results driven company that centers its focus on the intellectual stimulation and of the children in its program. The staff is highly professional and driven. Overall it is a great place to work.
Pros
Decent pay for a part time job
Cons
Management can be a bit too aggressive
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Group leader
Group Leader (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 2, 2018
A typical day at work would be to implement academic activities for kids in the after school program. Such as homework help, ELA, and MATH enrichment. During the course of the day I would learn a lot about the kids on an individual level such as where kids are academically in their school work. My staff made the culture of after school fun with the different activities they implemented such as dance, art and chess. The most enjoyable moment would be seeing the kids interacting with other students and presenting projects at the end of the school year.
Pros
Love the kids
Cons
Nothing
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HCZ has a great mission and ambition but they do not give enough time to teaching artists to prepare and often there are limited resoirces.
Teaching Artist (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 1, 2018
HCZ has a great mission and ambition but they do not give enough time to teaching artists to prepare and often there are limited resources. Some sites have more support for the arts than others.Children need more time to learn how to do the art and how to communicate their ideas.They also are stretched too thin with academics and healthy harlem so it is hard to have them always focus. But the kids are great and most of the staff are great, and in the end we are able to produce good work.
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