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Youth Advocate Programs Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  1. "Friendly people but no supervision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Advocate Programs part-time

    Pros

    The staff was very friendly and helped train.

    Cons

    Training is paid only half of the regular hourly price and there was ALOT of training. There is limited supervision so employees are left to fend for themselves if there are any issues.


  2. "I was an Advocate for this company."

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    Former Employee - Youth Advocate in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Youth Advocate in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with the Youth. All the different program you could bring to the table to help keep children involved.

    Cons

    Management not always honest. Tell staff what is being said by parents and allow staff to work it out. Don't just write staff out of contracts. Or off the books. Tell them when they no longer have a JOB.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with workers about there standing.


  3. "Great organization pay isnt all that"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule, autonomy, work with different types of people, allows you to learn how to work with diverse people, able to strengthen communication skills, the more clients you group the more money you can make per hour. Management is awesome in the Arlington office.

    Cons

    sometimes you work more hours than you are paid, depending on the budget hours may be limited, sometimes clients do no comply, the weekly paper work can be a drag. If you spend more than the budget you more likely wont get your money back.


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  5. "Positive Environment & Leadership. Great Place to Build Experience!"

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    Current Employee - Behavior Specialist in Lancaster, PA
    Current Employee - Behavior Specialist in Lancaster, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place for someone who is entering the social service field. Hours are extremely flexible and you make your own schedule for the most part. You are required to attend meetings usually every week and a half. Training's are valuable as a new employee and help you understand the client's you are serving. I have enjoyed working here and gaining experience with seasoned professionals. Leadership is hard working and committed to their mission. To reiterate this is a great place to build experience. It is also a great place if you have children and can use your spouse's benefits.

    Cons

    As stated I would recommend this to someone entering the field. I would strongly recommend receiving a licence before interviewing with them. Pay grades are significantly less. They do not provide benefits and rarely give raises to their employees. They have a very confusing pay structure and reimburse very low for travel time. You will learn this job on the fly. This job is a stepping stone for a new clinician into bigger and better opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Provide benefits to employees working full-time hours. Provide payment incentives to staff and update pay structure. Reimburse employees for their travel time and reduce paperwork.


  6. "Good Support from Management"

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    Former Employee - Advocate in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Former Employee - Advocate in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Supportive, able to work your own hours, and good client/advocate match

    Cons

    Unorganized, little to no communication between responsible parties, and little variety to activities offered.


  7. "Could have been better"

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    Former Employee - Outpatient Therapist in Lehighton, PA
    Former Employee - Outpatient Therapist in Lehighton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Advocate Programs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Does a great service for children.

    Cons

    Practices here are sketchy at best.. I saw some very unethical practices by certain coordinators during my time there..

    Advice to Management

    Program Coordinators.. need to be picked better..


  8. "Slave wages, no benefits"

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    Former Employee - Youth Advocate
    Former Employee - Youth Advocate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling was nice, got to set your own hours

    Cons

    No compensation for gas/miles traveled, had to drive all over the county, no benefits to speak of, can't live on your pay, this job cost me money

    Advice to Management

    Act like you care about your advocates.


  9. "Leadership is Important when dealing with families"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director
    Former Employee - Assistant Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedules, relationship building with other professionals

    Cons

    Lack of fairness and professionalism with leadership is poor, staff in not educated, those who work hard and have credentials are not appreciated, poor culture, backstabbing from colleagues, and little room to grow with company.

    Advice to Management

    Act like you care about your YAP family, stop hiding and defending leaders with no integrity. The pay is horrible too


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Mobile Therapist/ BSC"

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    Current Employee - Behavior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Behavior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    YAP inc. is invested in what they do and are passionate about focusing on the strengths of the individual and families that employees are servicing. The supervisors in the Allegheny office are supportive (but often a tad but scattered/overworked) and will go out of their way to provide supervision and time to answer any questions or concerns. It is a supportive, caring and authentic work environment. You can tell employees are these because they care.

    Cons

    The wasted drive time is a huge con. After almost 4 years of working here, I can say this and the inconsistent hours are the main reason I am seeking new employment. Masters level staff can expect to never see above part-time hours.

    Advice to Management

    Employee retention is a huge issue, and having some incentives (E.g. sick days, some paid vacation time, a free employee yoga class for stress, etc) would help greatly.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Mental Health"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Making a difference in the life of others.

    Cons

    Compensation, benefits and lack of career growth.



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