Volunteer Mentor (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 24 February 2019
I would walk in once school ended and take the attendance right away to see how many kids we would be working with on that day, we would then distribute the snack for the day accordingly. Homework was what was done immediately after snack to make sure that the kids wouldn't fall behind on their school responsibilities. On average about 4-5 kids would need help on a daily basis, you would have to help while watching the other kids to make sure nothing bad is happening. After homework, the kids would either play in the gym or outside so I would need to supervise them and lead any games or activities being played. The average workload daily is very demanding but still fun and teaches very essential and beneficial work skills.
Work experience, communication skills, organisational skills, teaches patience and discipline
Program Staff (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 17 October 2018
Their is no such thing as a fair advancement here. They'll hire new people for hire positions before they think to hire staff with seniority. Management is rude and lacks actual communication skills; asking a question and getting a timely response is nonexistent here. Speaks to the staff as if you were their child. Over priced program when they quality isn’t even the same as it was in previous years. Completely disorganized. Expects you to be a CYW and a SSW while paying you minimum wage.
Easy to balance school and this job
Rude management, hard to advance, disorganized, lack of communication, low pay.
Front Desk Staff (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 10 August 2018
Supervisors speak to you in a degrading tone and will not hesitate to blame you for their mistakes. Supervisors will expect you to know where everything is/how everything is done, yet do not provide proper training. Admin lead calls people incompetent, yet divides her work amongst front desk staff and does nothing to contribute to the team let alone the organization. No point in going to higher-ups for concerns because they are very tight-knit and will do/say anything to cover up for one another. No support from HR. HR knows about issues that go on in the workplace yet shoves it under the rug due to staff’s seniority. Very toxic work environment overall. Would not recommend.
Being around the kids
Little to no respect for employees, no room for growth within the company
Former staff (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 23 January 2018
Management is extremely unprofessional. The director is unaproachable and awkward. Kids are bored, staff aren't appreciated and too many bosses. Worked here a long time ago and had to leave because it was so bad.
Program Coordinator (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 8 January 2018
It was a great place to work. My co-workers and management were amazing. It was a very friendly, welcoming, warm, environment. The hours were great, the kids were wonderful, and the pay was decent. This would be a great job for students.
Camp Worker (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 31 August 2017
I would avoid working for this organization as much as possible. Poor management - they lack the skills necessary to advance this organization. Asking questions of them is like pulling teeth, and you're afraid you're stepping on their toes and annoying them. If you like to be valued as an employee, don't go there.
Kids are good
Poor management, little to no appreciation of employees.
Camp counsellor for junior age children (Former Employee) – 1379 Bloor Street West – 22 February 2017
Dovercourt boys and girls club allowed me the opportunity to begin to learn and grow about the field of Child and Youth Care while being flexible and supportive of my schooling. Staff was always accommodating and environment was always welcoming.
Child and Youth Worker (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 16 March 2016
A typical day at work is very fun. Building therapeutic relationships with children and adolescence and teaching them a variety of life skills each day. Creating activities suited for children and adolescence developmental age that are fun and also educational. I learned that every child and adolescence is unique and should be accepted as their own unique individual person. I also learned that every child needs to take responsibility for his or her actions and to teach conflict resolution to them to build on their confidence and self -esteem. Management was always kind and understanding. Boys and girls club management and co-workers work as a team and stand beside each other. Hardest part of the job would be to manage children's behavior occasionally. The most enjoyable part of the job would be getting to know many children and adolescence and their wonderful personalities and building therapeutic relationships with them.
MTCS (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 21 January 2016
The children are a joy to work with, and I find it extremely enjoyable to be able to teach them various subjects during homework help time. However there is very minimal hours with which to make a living, and I find management to be a dread to work with. Often they seem more concerned about looking out for themselves as oppose to their employees.
In all honesty you are likely to learn more from the children than the adults in this job position, and is a great job for those of us looking to gain comfort in working with children.
Working at the Dovercourt boys and girls club is a very good job for future experience if you would like to work in the field with children. Hours are part time and minimum, very homey feel and a close organization.
friendly environment, great experience
pay should be more but because they are non profit and receive donations its understandable.
Counsellor (Former Employee) – 180 Westmoreland Ave, Toronto ON M6H 3A2 – 18 November 2015
The connections I made with the children will last a life time, While it was a small location for the number of members it was fantastic in having a welcoming environment for the children to feel welcome and have fun