Hard, challenging work, low pay
Youth Advocate (Former Employee) – Syracuse, NY – December 18, 2018
If you are ok with trying to convince kids who don't really like school to invest more time in their school effort, become a Youth Advocate. As you will hear regularly from management, the work they do is noble, to be sure. But you will get paid little and asked to help 35 kids on your caseload achieve academic success. If a student cannot improve their grades, you are stuck with them, because management does not want to hurt their numbers by terminating them from the program. My managers line to us was always "I'm down the hall if you need me." Not helpful. Being inside schools daily is very stressful. You may feel like window dressing for school administrators, just there largely for appearance sake. If you go for the Youth Advocate position, be sure to recruit kids who halfway like school and get decent-ish grades, otherwise your job will be very difficult. Upper management has recently undergone a number of changes, and their funding has been reduced as well.
Snow days?, high turnover, disconnected managers