Youth Opportunity Center Employee Reviews

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Helping youth
Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INJune 26, 2018
Working with youth and their families in difficult situations. Staff work well together. Management is helpful. Three shifts available. Cottage activities were fun
Pros
Hours are consistant. Training is good.
Cons
stressful most days
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Help the kids w different activities played outside with them ans more other things
Teacher Aide Assistant (Former Employee) –  Long Beach, CAJune 25, 2018
Well Organized and nice people to help me pic the right summer job got everything done they said they was going to do for us as youth when I was a kid
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stressful, staff very unprofessional
Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INJune 20, 2018
I enjoyed working at Y.O.C but supervisors cater and play favoritism with senior staff which get away with baby tantrums .Very stressful, high turnover. Human Resources do not do their job but play favoritism with staff that have been their a while. One of the worst jobs i have had. Stay away from this place .
Pros
free lunch without salt
Cons
Lazy staff, rude
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Very fun and full of experience
Youth Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Muncie, INMay 12, 2018
There is a lot that goes with working at the YOC.
Its not a career to work just to get paid, a lot more goes into working there. The residents are there for treatment and as a youth support specialist, you need to be quick to react to crisis situations.

With that said, you will build relationships with the staff as well as the residents that you cant find at any other job. It can definitely be a career for dedicated individuals.
Pros
unlimited overtime, Fun enviorment, decent pay
Cons
Risk of injury, stressful at times, pysically and mentally exhausting
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Rewarding Workplace
Lead Utility Staff (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INMay 2, 2018
The Youth Opportunity Center was a rewarding place to work as it provided you with the opportunities to help young students grow and develop skills as well as provide care to those have suffered from difficult situations at home. It was awesome to see the growth that many of the students gained during their time at the facility.
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Rewarding work, unlimited vacations, overtime
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Direct Care Staff-Team Work Required
Child Care Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INApril 30, 2018
This job can be hard, but working with the kids is so rewarding! At this position, you will often work with teenagers that do not have a lot of support in their lives. Your job will be to help them learn and grown on their own so they can someday better the community and live a happier life.
Pros
The kids
Cons
The salary
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High Highs Low Lows
YOUTH SUPPORT SPECIALIST (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INApril 16, 2018
It takes a special kind of person to be a staff who is actually useful and can make a positive change in the residents at the YOC. Many times residents would chose to be combative with staff rather than other residents because consequences would be greater for hurting another resident, but punching, biting, kicking, spitting at a staff were often justified as "what the staff knew could happen by working here." Many staff do the bare minimum to get through the shift so that they don't anger the residents by making them follow rules and are to often easily manipulated. This in turn creates more of an issue for staff who hold his accountable, and in the long run hurts the resident. The constant negative environment created from a select few (residents AND staff) make the day-to-day struggle even greater for residents trying to move forward in the program. As a staff, you take on so much responsibility and often don't feel supported until it's too late.
Pros
8hrs vacation for every 80hrs worked; seeing a resident success story
Cons
hostile environment; lack of communication; no breaks; kids get away with so much
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Positive place to work
Child Care Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INApril 3, 2018
It taught that everyone is. Being and employee very different outlook. Better understanding for youth. Difficult at times, overall it was a wonderful work experience.
Pros
Being a good rolemodel
Cons
Getting along with other employers
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Out of balance
Other (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INMarch 19, 2018
Significant issues in management. Lots of discussion about being a non-profit and not having necessary funds, but an unwillingness to bill for services they do provide.
People doing the most difficult jobs on campus are not compensated appropriately.
Not a good place to work unless you are independently wealthy and can consider working there an act of charity.
Pros
Making a difference in the lives of kids
Cons
Poor management
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Job is great. Management not so much
Remaining anonymous to avoid reprocussions (Former Employee) –  Muncie, IN 47304March 1, 2018
If you’re not “liked” you suffer the consequences. Great employees have been terminated for things management does on a daily basis. Staff are written up for he-said she-said situations. Incident reports are made and are either ignored or proper staff do not investigate fully. Certain supervisors will gossip about staff and then deny it or blame others. Staff do not feel comfortable reporting ANY issues with upper management because their job will be on the line if they do. Advancement is a joke unless the “committee” likes you. Regardless of your qualifications you won’t even get an interview. Staff are also written up and terminated after doing what supervisors have told them to do. And if you try to defend a coworker, your job is then on the line. You have to constantly save ANY kind of written correspondences between yourself and your supervisors or they will deny it. Certain supervisors will micromanage your time...give you an assignment that doesn’t follow your schedule...then write you up for not following a schedule that was “tentative” in the first place. MANY MANY other issues with management and supervisors. You can go years without any write ups but if a supervisor doesn’t like you, you can get written up without any proof...HR will take them on their word and not properly investigate... and you get terminated. Upper management ABSOLUTELY does NOT hold themselves to the same standards as they expect their staff. You can have 70% of your coworkers who support you and have your back and tell you what a great job you’re doing. But if upper management doesn’t like you  more... or you’re not in the clique...don’t count on keeping your job.  less
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The residents
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Management
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A good step in the door
Youth Support Specialist/Court Representative (Current Employee) –  Muncie, INFebruary 19, 2018
This facility is a great way to get your foot in the door and a great stepping stone in life. The work environment, benefits, and employees were absolutely fantastic. However, the management does not hold themselves to the same standards they hold their staff to. If an upper management or senior staff makes a mistake and you suffer from it they are not very willing to accept their mistake and help you.
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fun place to work
Business Office Assistant (Current Employee) –  Muncie, INJanuary 15, 2018
The Youth Opportunity Center is a great place to work. My only issue is the pay. My position is not stressful but I am sure that those who work with the resident's have a stressful job.
Pros
vacation time
Cons
pay
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Rewarding work helping troubled teens
RESIDENTIAL COTTAGE COUNSELOR (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INDecember 26, 2017
Helping young men overcome problems they had developed in their lives was rewarding. My original supervisor was outstanding. The two I had as time progressed were not as helpful
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High stress environment that requires serious commitment
Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INDecember 14, 2017
I absolutely loved my time there and miss it daily. However, if you're a good employee, they will stetch you thin and tire you out. This job requires pertinence and commitment, as well as endless patience and mental sharpness.
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Good experience with juveniles
Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INOctober 4, 2017
Working at the YOC was a good experience. Learning about the children and their stories. Learning about what they endure in their life, and what they have had to go through while growing up.
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Balanced work with minimum difficulty
Youth Worker (Former Employee) –  Baltimore, MDSeptember 14, 2017
Working at the youth opportunity center was pretty good with good pay. We helped with maintenance and cleaning equipment, emptied out trash cans and cleaned the floors.
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Great support
Psychological Services (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INAugust 29, 2017
Great support within the Psychological Services Department. Opportunities for training on a weekly basis. Amazing supervision from knowledgable and personal supervisors.
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Loving Team
Child Care Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INAugust 28, 2017
I loved working at YOC. The children are great, the staff make you feel like family, and it is an all around great place to work. Sometimes days could be hard due to children not having a great day but the staff will make the day better and help the child in need. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the kids grow individually and seeing them smile and make progress with themselves. It is a great feeling to know that you make a difference in each of these kids lives. Did I say the staff is great? They are phenomenal!
Pros
Great staff, great promotions, Teamwork
Cons
No Cons!
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Difficult place to work depending on what cottage you are in
Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INAugust 7, 2017
A typical day includes enforcing rules for the kids that reside at the YOC and keeping them on a strict daily schedule. I learned a lot about how these kids function and definitely NEED discipline in their lives that the YOC tries to provide. The cottage manager was very disorganized and did not tend to communicate anything clearly. I've met people that absolutely love their jobs at this organization and I really admire that because it's not an easy job by far. It was hard for me to stay because of how inexperienced I was and then my co workers and manager just tended to make it worse for me by constant miscommunication and sometimes being MIA.
Pros
Connecting with kids
Cons
high rate of burn out
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Fun Place to Work
Child Care Specialist (Former Employee) –  Muncie, INJuly 21, 2017
I enjoyed working at YOC. It was fun working with the kids and getting to know them. It was good to work with kids to watch them grow with the skills that they were taught in our care.
Pros
Fun Atmosphere
Cons
Under Paid
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