Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services
Company/Organization: Youth & Shelter Services- Rosedale Shelter
Company/Organization website: http://www.yss.org
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
My main role was to supervise youth ages 10-17 in a shelter setting. These kids have been removed from the home and the majority of the time have been court-ordered to the shelter. I led recreation time, group discussions, assisted them with chores and daily activities, kept detailed logs of their behaviors and activities, made meals, cleaned the house, etc. A huge aspect of my job was interacting and forming relationships with the kids, as well as providing crisis intervention during client escalations.
The greatest accomplishment from the experience was forming relationships with the kids. I bonded with these kids and was able to effectively prevent escalations several different times. Having these kids open up to me was one of the best feelings!
I learned that this job was never about me, it's about the kids. There were days I was in a bad mood and wouldn't be at my best for the kids. Once I stepped back and realized that they needed me, regardless of what mood I was in, I was able to set aside my own frustration or bad mood to be there for them.
Advice for others...
My advice would be to take chances even if they scare you. Going into this I had no idea what this job would be or if I could do it, but I am so glad I did!