Very stuck in tradition/routine, resist change, culture of friendship
YMCA of Regina Northwest Aquatics Director (Former Employee), Regina Saskatchewan – September 18, 2014
Pros: free family membership for directors
Cons: below average wages
typical day at work was very hectic I learned more then I have from anything else. Budgets, hiring, programs, brochures, rental coordination. Management structure is sub-optimal. (see hardest part of job) Co-workers are AMAZING. Hardest part of the job is managing 65 staff across 2 facilities with 2 supervisors while other departments managed 3 staff – more... and 6 volunteers with 4 supervisors. The job is very self-fulfilling, tons of opportunity for volunteering – less
Peer Teacher (Former Employee), Mississauga – September 10, 2014
Taut variety of indoor and outdoor recreational sports. Management was organized, and coworkers were also helpful and cooperative. Hardest part of the job was keeping children on tasks. Teaching them basic sports skills for soccer or football. Most enjoyable part was we played sports ourselves in the end.
Great Experience Working with Children and being creative
Program Specialist/Head Counsellor (Current Employee), Niagara Falls, ON – September 2, 2014
Pros: getting to do all activities for free
Cons: pay isnt good enough for the hours/job demand
I love working with the kids all day, it makes all my education worth while because I get to see what it does to help the kids. The team of supervisors and other staff are so supportive and are always willing to help. The hardest part of the job is leaving, because I want to work with children all the time. In turn it makes it the most enjoyable part – more... is watching the children grow and take what you teach them to heart and listen to their inspirations and aspirations. – less
Program Participant (Current Employee), Edmonton, AB – August 26, 2014
Pros: free ymca membership
A typical day in this program would be taking workshops almost all day, everyday. Some days we have guest speakers, job fairs, job searching, and we will soon be taking First Aid and WHMIS. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are able to work out at the Don Wheaton centre. Program facilitators are supportive and fun to work with. There is no hard part of this – more... job, and everything is enjoyable. – less
Membership Representative-Team Lead/Supervisor (Current Employee), Chatham-Kent, ON – August 20, 2014
Pros: supportive colleagues, free membership
The people you work with are great and so are all the people you get to meet. It is not somewhere you can advance career wise (at least within a reasonable amount of time) and the pay is not competitive.
I spend most of my day completing tasks of my department as well as others. It is a constant "go-go" atmosphere. I have learned a lot about what it – more... takes to be a part of and run a department but have not been able to grow with what I have learned. The most enjoyable part about the job are the members you get to meet and speak with on a regular basis. – less
Camp Counsellor (Former Employee), Woodstock, ON – July 23, 2014
get the kids ready in the group make sure everyone is together and start doing activities throughout the day. loved working at the YMCA cause we were outside and enjoying the outside with the kids doing activities. Hardest part was trying to figure out different activities everyday so they don't do the same ones.
CYF- Child, Youth & Family Worker (Current Employee), Toronto, ON – July 9, 2014
I am learning how to work with children. YMCA Delivers programs in manner in which the mission values, goals and practices of the YMCA are being met, while building a positive relationship Ensures that children, ages 6-18, have a positive experience leading to personal growth through fun and rewarding recreation and sport programs. Takes action – more... to ensure that the principles of Healthy Child Development and the Children’s Services standards are practiced in the delivery and planning of all children’s program – less
Pros: the kids, directors...very nice, easy going people
Cons: too short of a placement.. :(
I did my practicum in the daycare and really enjoyed it. It was a great group of little ones, funny, energetic, etc... The directors were amazing people, would have loved to have had the chance to work with them longer than the 2 1/2 months I was there. The staff, for the most part, were easy to get along with however, some of them didn't make me feel – more... very comfortable for the first little while that I was there. The ones who did, I miss greatly!!! I left compensation/benefits part empty on the ratings only due to the fact that it was not a paid position.
Youth Exchange Program (Former Employee), Toronto, ON – July 2, 2014
Pros: we had everything provided for us for just a small fee.
Cons: was a little home sick.
I enjoyed the YMCA Youth Exchange Program because you get to meet new people, you get to travel for a small fee , you get to explore somewhere totally different from where you're used to and learn about the history of that place.