Youth Advocate Programs Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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  1. Youth Advocate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Youth Advocate Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Youth Advocate Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Youth Advocate Programs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Impact the lives of inner city youth by exposing them to valuable resources. No limit to the activities that you could share with the youth.

    Cons

    No real traditional work hours. Youth were wards of the state so advocates were on call 24/7

    Advice to Management

    Needed someone on staff to research and secure grant monies.


  2. YAP is the best around

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carbondale, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carbondale, PA

    I worked at Youth Advocate Programs part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They provide weekly "supervisions," AKA therapy sessions for the workers! So, you can discuss any difficulties or frustrations with your co-workers, which is great. They are very organized and on top of their paperwork. Flexible scheduling and great staff. Management is very reasonable and professional. They provide you with in-depth Autism Awareness and other useful trainings. They'll pay for your First Aid/CPR certifications. Highly competitive pay for an entry-level position in this area, particularly with a B.A.

    Cons

    Hours vary due to state approval; make sure you are teamed up with a BSC who's on top of their game and will fight for more hours. Can be stressful (job itself).


  3. Good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sayre, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sayre, PA

    I have been working at Youth Advocate Programs (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, flexible schedule, various locations to work

    Cons

    Some limitations for advancement and no salary increases, management isn't always reachable or open to the needs of staff

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to stay opinion of staff and their needs


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  5. If you decide to work for them, have a second job lined up

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advocate
    Current Employee - Advocate

    I have been working at Youth Advocate Programs (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very Flexible schedule is really the only great thing about this job.

    Cons

    They hardly have any hours for you to work each week.


  6. No room for growth unless you are part of the in crowd

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Family Advocate in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Family Advocate in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at Youth Advocate Programs part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love woking with the children; its so rewarding.

    Cons

    No raises, no growth for advocates. Employees would resign all the time. There was always a budget that had to kept every week because if it went over you would get in trouble and would effect the company's spending at the end of the year. Some people should not be working there; they just think about their paycheck. Only a few people care about helping the children.Big disconnection with advocates and management.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your advocates. Give raises and equal career growth opportunities. Give more to the kids. Have more programs.


  7. Not part of the in-crowd? Forget advancement!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Youth Advocate Programs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to work independently.

    Cons

    No advancement. No raises. Freeze on promotions and salary increases, but according to 990s, senior management's salaries have gone up every year.

    Advice to Management

    Stop patting each other on the back for a job well done and start recognizing the real contributors to this companies success.


  8. Good Company to Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Youth Advocate Programs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Giving back to the community as you work

    Cons

    Organization Structures makes upper management loose sight of what really happens at local offices

    Advice to Management

    More local Supervision from uppper management


  9. Love the kids & the staff :)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Therapeutic Support Staff in Peoria, AZ
    Former Employee - Therapeutic Support Staff in Peoria, AZ

    I worked at Youth Advocate Programs part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff is awesome!!! Always willingly to help. Never had a more chilled and outgoing boss! Ever! Plus we get paid weekly :)

    Cons

    Its part time. And paperwork takes forever to write and correct if you have corrections to make.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you doing!


  10. Don't practice the principles they preach.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tss in Meadville, PA
    Former Employee - Tss in Meadville, PA

    I worked at Youth Advocate Programs part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Awesome Autism & Developmental Differences training -Flexible scheduling is helpful for those in school -Attempts to reach out to the local communities in many ways -Encouraged staff to pursue their passions and personal development

    Cons

    -Lacking budget resulted in hourly employees having all medical benefits taken away -Extremely high turn over results in subpar client care in about 30% of cases -Try to make employees work on administrative paperwork/correct errors/rewrite notes without paying them -No guaranteed hours -HR and other company offices seem distant and employees can feel like they're just a number

    Advice to Management

    Practice the YAP core values, listen to employees, don't ask for work without paying staff - every 15 minutes of pay adds up. Treat the staff with the respect and they will respect and value YAP.


  11. I would love my job more if aI got some paid time off....who works in mental health and doesnt get paid mental days?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tss in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Tss in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at Youth Advocate Programs

    Pros

    I love the kids. I love the fact that we make improvements in these childrens lives.

    Cons

    everytime we have a training instead of learning ways to improve our kiddos we get yelled at constantly for all the things that the tss's that are not doing their job do. Teach me something. Dont yell at me cause someone else isnt doing their job....

    Advice to Management

    Turn over is not good for these children yet the turnover rate of tss's is constantly rising. I feel that if we were better paid and had paid days off u would get better performance and people would stay...



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