Pros: being a role model for kids or a male figure in these kids lives, some of whom may not have a father figure.
Cons: pay isn't too good and you only work part time unless you are a director.
I am a current YMCA employee and I love my job. I work for more than one department. I work with the summer camp and after school kids, work in the sports department and work for the fitness center.
A typical day for me, go in at 2 pm and ride the bus to pick up kids from 3 area schools. Take those 20-25 kids to the Y, and then leave again and pick – more... up 25-30 kids from 3 other schools. Get back to YMCA about 3:30. Sign the kids in and then join the kids for snack. After snack on rainy or really cold days we play group games and have a homework group. On nice days we are outside playing and kids do homework. Am there til 6 most nights.
My boss is a wonderful lady and she puts up with a lot of stuff, kids, parents and our joking head boss. She has been with this YMCA for 3 years since they opened. She deserves a lot of credit for all she does.
My co-workers are great. They have their days where they get in the groups and talk, but they all work hard to support our boss in all she does.
Hardest part of my job would be dealing with some of the kids that never want to listen.
Most enjoyable part..... being able to have an effect on some of these kids that they don't get at home.
When working with the sports department, I help paint fields, set up for soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball. Umpire baseball and softball when season is in. I love sports and when I was given the chance to be apart of the sports department I took it.
Don't work much in the fitness center anymore, but enjoyed that as well. Meeting new members, giving orientations on equipment. Cleaning machines and fitness center to keep it clean for guests and members.
This is the 3rd YMCA i have worked for. – less