Full Time Youth Care Practioner (Former Employee) – Winnipeg City, MB – 9 February 2016
I enjoyed building positive relationships with co-workers and clients..being a Positive Role model to youth. I would have to say working in a situation when there was a crisis was the most challenging and little to know debriefing with staff from management, which I feel should be very important to staff as feelings of burn out may surface.
feeling valued as an employee, making a Positive impact in Ones Life
off balance shift work/very few ecouragment from supervisors
Frontline staff are caring compassionate hard working people. Youth can be extremely challenging but that is the nature of the work. Management and overall organization culture is extremely toxic and turnover is high as a result. Support and understanding is non existent for frontline staff and bullying, manipulation and verbal abuse by senior management is ignored by head people within the organization. HR is not a strong resource for staff and provides little support when needed. Extremely unhealthy work environment overall.
Decent salary. Programs that make a difference in the community.
Toxic environment, little support for staff, safety of staff overlooked, Verbally abusive bullying senior managment
Youth care practitioner (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 6 February 2016
Working with youth is great, unfortunately the staff are extremely unqualified. In fact most are only a few years older than the youth they are charged to serve. The youth deserve more than the organization provides
If you want experience this is a great place to get it!
youth care practitioner (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 27 May 2015
It's a great place to work to gain experience. There's multiple fields and different areas to work in with potential to upgrade. The hours in my position were not great and the salary was low for the amount I would work. But it was an open and friendly environment.
The experience and the people you work with makes the job worth it.
Youth Care Practitioner (Former Employee) – Thompson, MB – 18 March 2015
MacDonald Youth Services is a commendable place to work, they provide support and care to both their clients and their staff. Training is readily available and given, and the men and women who work there are all highly devoted to their kids and mission.
However, due to the nature of the work, burnout is often experienced due to stressful situations when dealing with youth and the shortage of people available to do this type of work. It's very easy to lose your equilibrium and either your home, school or work life is likely to suffer.
Very laid back, excellent pay, gaining relationships with kids
Demanding hours, lack of staff and emotional stressors due to nature of working with troubled youth.
Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 3 December 2014
Provide care for youth clients in a level 5 group home setting Assist with de-escalation of harmful behaviors using crisis intervention skills and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention when necessary Support individuals with various life issues Teach basic life skills such as proper personal hygiene and money management Accompany and monitor clients on home visitations Transport and supervise clients to appointments, errands and daily activities Administer medication
In home Respite Provider (Former Employee) – winnipeg, manitoba – 14 October 2014
A typical day working for MYS involved being present at my assigned homes for shifts ranging from 8-12hours. Working with foster children between the ages of 1-12 years of age within foster homes. Helping the children with basic needs such as homework, preparing meals, following before and after school routines, as well as administering medication. I was the only staff per shift within a home assisting the foster parent when present. The hardest part of the job was learning, understanding, and accepting that not all the children can be helped beyond their basic needs. The most rewarding part of this job was watching a child grow and excel under your care and guidance. This made this the most satisfying and worthwhile job in my life to date.
Program Manager (Current Employee) – winnipeg,mb – 1 May 2014
I oriigally started in MYS so that I could asssit and support young people that did not have the same opportunities that I have.
The best part of my day is seeing the young people that we care for. The next best thing is hearing from staff who had a moment with the youth they were working with that made a differnce in their lives.
The people that work in this line of work for the most part are dedicated and loyal caring individuals.The work they do is hard and sometimes can be very challenging with very little ackowledgement of immediate sucess.
While doing respite you get to know the child or children you are working with. If the child has severe A.D.H.D or fettle alcohol syndrome the job can get hard but being able to help people and work with them to show them that they are cared for is worth it.
knowing you're helping a family and or child in need
Youth Care Practitioner (Former Employee) – winnipeg – 16 September 2013
Good place to get lots of experience in a short time. Lots of gossip among co-workers. Management gives little support after a crisis. The youth can be very violent. Not a good workplace and little job security. There are better agencies to work with.
bad management, HR is unsupportive, bad co-workers, low pay, high stress
Youth Care Relief Worker (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 11 April 2013
A typical work day consisted of taking the youth out for activities, cooking for the youth and other staff members and being a positive support to the youth. Management was fair and supportive. I learned crisis intervention skills, counselling skills, problem solving and decision making skills. Co-workers were friendly and fun to work with. The hardest part of the job was dealing with a youth who would be disrespectful towards you when you were trying to help them. The most enjoyable part of the job was being a postive support in a troubled youth's life.