Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – July 4, 2018
A typical day at work included assisting the residents in their every day schedule and their treatment. It was awesome getting to watch residents grow and begin to open up and face whatever traumas or issues that they were facing and being able to support them through it. It was so rewarding getting to see just how much a staff's optimism and role modeling helped the residents stay in good spirits and continue to learn about life.
Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – June 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 .
Youth Support Specialist (Current Employee) – Muncie, IN – May 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.
unlimited overtime, Fun enviorment, decent pay
Risk of injury, stressful at times, pysically and mentally exhausting
Lead Utility Staff (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – May 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.
Child Care Specialist (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – April 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.
YOUTH SUPPORT SPECIALIST (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – April 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.
8hrs vacation for every 80hrs worked; seeing a resident success story
hostile environment; lack of communication; no breaks; kids get away with so much
Other (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – March 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.
Remaining anonymous to avoid reprocussions (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN 47304 – March 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 youmore... or you’re not in the clique...don’t count on keeping your job.less
Youth Support Specialist/Court Representative (Current Employee) – Muncie, IN – February 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.
High stress environment that requires serious commitment
Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – December 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.
Child Care Specialist (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – August 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!
Difficult place to work depending on what cottage you are in
Youth Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Muncie, IN – August 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.