I was able to fit into the culture at the YMCA well. The managers were nice and very understanding. If a coworker had any problem they were able to take time out of their day to answer questions and concerns.
A typical day at work would be making sure every group of children feel safe & also handling situations with parents.
You also meet new people such as Co-workers.
The Management was very understanding & well with their communication skills.
The setting was very diverse.
The most enjoyable part of this job is to see how I have an impact on each child and making sure they had an amazing day.
The YMCA is a non-profit agency, so things always take a long time to be finished. It is a very fast-paced environment. Working here you will definitely have to learn how to be resourceful and how to think on your toes. Everyone always has a lot of work to do, including management, so it is difficult to seem noticed- and even then important tasks won't get finished. The good thing is the people who work there are always caring and hard-working.
My experience was not very positive. I was seasonal and never felt like what I did or said made a difference with leadership. It was basically "we've always done it this way". All young inexperienced staff.
MEMBERSHIP SALES REPRESENTATIVE (Former Employee) - Reston, VA - July 30, 2019
Working in the evening, you have to be quick on your feet and able to balance multiple tasks (check in members, answer phone calls, sell memberships ect.). The environment is laid back and friendly. The staff and members are great to work with.
Basically a typical work day for me at the Y was coming in at 6:30 in the morning get breakfast then start my shift at 7:30 am to 8:30 pm. I was there so long because my uncle was an executive camp director for that sight and we would be the ones to close everything down at 9:30 pm.
At the YMCA I had to check in right after school which was around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I would walk in and greet my manager and team and start getting the childrens snacks ready that the YMCA provided.Once the children walked in we let them eat and finish their snacks and then start their homework.Most children would need help and we would help them complete their homework and help them understand.I learned how to communicate with children,parents,and managers from the diverse team we had.I loved volunteering it gave me and opportunity to develop more skills like communication,collaboration and more.Although I did get paid with money I got paid with Service learning hours. I stop going do to club’s afterschool and activities and am now looking for a job with a fair pay for the summer.
Preschool Teacher (Current Employee) - Reston, VA - April 5, 2019
Working at the Y is a very rewarding job. Working with kids for almost a decade I’ve gotten to see a lot of kids grow up. I still see some of my students around Reston and it is always a joy to see them.
A typical day as a playroom aide was always a good time, even with the rough kids, I was able to calm them down and help them talk their emotions out.
I learned a lot at my former job, I learned patience between the kids and also the parents.
The work place has changed a lot, when I first started working there it was loving and a very good place to work. When my new supervisor came in everything changed, my supervisor changed my work schedule without me knowing and did not put me on the schedule.
The part I loved most about my job was seeing all the kids so happy when they saw me. I could be having the worst day and I would walk into the kids and thier bright smiles and all my problems seemed to fade away for the time I was working.
I worked at an outdoor camp and just had so much fun. It was really relaxed and you just got to show kids how wonderful nature was, swim, and then we would all ride a bus back to the local middle-school. There we would have lunch and then procede to play games with the kids until their parents came to pick them up. A counselor would work half the day.