Agencies in the Social Services
YMCA of Greater Toronto
The YMCA of Greater Toronto commonly referred to as YMCA GTA is non-profit making organization or company, which has taken the role of offering social services in the recreational industry throughout Canada. Some of the services that YMCA GTA extends to its customers include health and fitness programs, connecting its members with employment opportunities, offering immigrant services, child care, camps as well as youth programs.
Regarding the qualifications requisite for one to be hired at YMCA GTA, it is crucial first to understand that the organization seeks to employ people who are willing to use their unique gifts and skills to make a difference in the community. Meanwhile, before YMCA GTA extends a job offer, it considers several things such as the traits of people who will be hired. Apart from professional or educational qualifications, YMCA GTA ensures that people who qualify as their candidates are suitable to work with children as well as other vulnerable members of the society who are the key customers/clients of YMCA GTA. Some of the basis for evaluation in hiring for YMCA GTA include a thorough assessment of the applicant’s skills, experience against the post applied as well as educational qualifications. Secondly, there are interviews which mostly weigh the applicant’s ability to work with vulnerable people and children. Thirdly, a thorough check on credentials and references, police record checks and lastly employing various job-relevant assessments via a myriad of screening methods.
The services offered by YMCA GTA clearly define the kind of clients expected to be served. Most of the people who seek for YMCA GTA services include children, people with health issues, youths and essentially any member of the society who seeks to keep fit and utilize the services of well-maintained facilities. To ensure holistic growth is maintained, there are gyms which are equipped with the latest machines and swimming pools among other trainer assisted/directed activities. YMCA GTA offers childcare to children across the spectrum starting from toddlers, infants, school going kids and even preschool children. The population which is served in respect to child care include working class parents who have small children requiring care, orphans, as well as parents who seek to have their children introduced to some of the services and programs offered by YMCA GTA such as the YMCA GTA Winter Break Camp
First, there is the health and fitness section whose mandate is to ensure that it offers a range of programs that promote body fitness, stress reduction, and raising individual confidence with the aim of ensuring better and healthier lives. Secondly, YMCA GTA has had more than 40 years of experience in child care, currently being ranked as the largest non-profit organization dedicated to offer child care in Canada. To ensure quality of service delivery, YMCA GTA employs the services of highly trained, qualified and registered Early Childhood Educators. Other major services offered by YMCA GTA include youth programs such as psychosocial rehabilitation services from substance abuse, gambling awareness, offering youth internships, teen counseling nights, youth leadership programs and the YMCA Academy High School. Lastly, YMCA GTA offers Camps and outdoor education, and employment and immigrant services.
Regarding the roles of social workers in YMCA GTA, there are various services that a social worker can offer such as child care, psychosocial rehabilitation of youths, counseling services for both youth and children and even promoting community work participation via training sessions in the workshops organized quite frequently.
Sub question I
Meanwhile, practicum is essential for any student as a supervised on-site work experience. In YMCA GTA, there various learning opportunities for such students since there exists a wide range of activities that are crucial for students studying courses such as nursing, education, management, accounting, hospitality, physical education, social workers among other fields.
Sub question II
A major disadvantage of the agency as a field practicum is that it may portray a negative image in the corporate earnings of various careers since as anon-profit making organization, YMCA GTA may not be offering benefits to the tune of other companies and institutions.
Broad African Resource Centre
Broad African Resource Centre (BARC) is nonprofit making, non-governmental organization or else a community agency whose key roles or mandate is empowering the society paying a special focus on the plight of immigrants in Canada. BARC was established in Canada with the aim of responding to economic, educational and social needs of new immigrant families and young people in GTA/Greater Toronto Area. Some of the major activities that BARC is committed to including youth empowerment, public education, capacity building, and development of various programs aimed at countering social issues affecting immigrants and building/representing positive image via audio-visual education. Meanwhile, BARC has been instrumental in fighting for the inclusion of immigrants in the development of public policy. Furthermore, BARC has been able to mobilize immigrants as well as youths in Canada as well as Diaspora in other nations, to be active in influencing the development of public policy by participating in government policy planning up to the implementation of these policies.
When hiring, BARC highly observes the guidelines stipulated by the Ontario Works placement program. Mostly, people employed by the agency are expected to work for 70 hours every moth. Placement opportunities are essentially in the field of program design and development, management, counselors, social workers, teachers, resource assistants, drivers among other mainstream employment opportunities. Furthermore, it is important to note that BARC highly utilizes students in its workforce by offering summer jobs in various posts such as administrative assistants, outreach workers, marketing agents and community workers. For a youth to qualify for these summer jobs, he or she must be a student taking a full-time study course in a Canadian institution such as colleges and universities and should be going back to school after the summer job. Another basis under which one is considered for the employment opportunity is that the applicant must depict interest in youth criminal justice, event coordination, experience in community development program coordination, high level of problem-solving skills, effective communication skills and proficiency in internet/email applications, Excel and MS word.
The population which is served by BARC is essentially immigrants in Canada and youths who require several services such as education opportunities, employment opportunities, counseling, and rehabilitation. Other clients who are handled by BARC include youths who are undergoing problems of drug addiction where rehab services are extended to them as well as counseling programs.
Mostly, new immigrant seeks the services of BARC which promptly offers help in finding places to settle such as connecting them with some of their members or offering cheap housing which the immigrants can afford. In other cases, some immigrants seek the services of BARC for language learning purposes. Such people do not comprehend the English language, and BARC offers them transaction and interpreter services as well as documentation services. BARC also provides rehabilitation and counselling services to youths who have been under drug addiction.
Regarding social work roles in the agency, social workers are instrumental in providing counseling services to youths who are under various programs such as the youth leadership program, capacity building, translation and interpreter services, among other services aimed at ensuring the social inclusion of the immigrants and youths.
Sub question I
Regarding opportunities for students on field practicum, there are a variety of opportunities for learning. These fields in which students will find crucial for them include social workers, youth workers, employment counselors, Interpreters, Website designers and IT socialists, and mental health and Addiction workers.
Sub question II
The key disadvantage of BARC as a possible field of field practicum is that BARC do not offer a wide range of opportunities in employment and students may feel as if there is less going on into the agency with respect to their expectations.
COSTI Immigrant Services
COSTI Immigrant services is a community agency that provides educational, employment, settlement and social services to the immigrants of Canada and also other people who are in need of their services in the community. COSTI agency uses a client-focused and innovative approach in developing and delivering its services to its clients. The agency ensures that the immigrants of Canada get to use their skills appropriately in the new country and also learn new skills regardless of their language barrier. Therefore, COSTI has a mandate of identifying issues affecting immigrants and addressing them. They also inform public policymakers and the community about the issues affecting the immigrants.
COSTI agency has some career opportunities which are open to applicants. The career opportunities include Family Crisis Support Workers, Senior Administrator and Arabic Speaking Support Workers. The basic qualifications of COSTI’s jobs involve a long-term career in business management, commercial approaches towards solving problems, individuals who are well networked with other developing organizations, good communication skills, and computer literates. For example, the post of a Family Crisis Support Worker requirements include that one should be a social service worker with educational testimonials such as diploma certificates, Should have one year of experience of working with refugees or victims of violence, fluency of languages such as Arabic, French and others, excellent communication and coordination skills, computer skill knowledge among others. Additionally, the qualifications of the post of Arabic support workers includes one year of counseling experience to refugees or victims of violence, a holder of social services diploma, excellent communication and coordination skills, be computer literate and one who is comfortable with traveling to different areas.
COSTI agency serves children and the youths, refugees and the immigrants of Canada.
The population served come to COSTI agency with the aim of acquiring assistance which makes them succeed in life. For instance, the children and the youths are offered some courses which enlighten them of the things that employers look for whenever they are hiring individuals. The refugees seek assistance from COSTI agency for them to be able to lead comfortable lives in their new environs. There are also housing, problem gambling, language training, family and mental health, children and youth programs, citizenship, skills training and employment. Psychosocial rehabilitation involves counseling and advising of people who may be drug addicts. These may include the youths undergoing some training that educates them about the effects of drugs.
SSW roles refer to the responsibilities of different social workers in COSTI agency. In COSTI agency, social workers may include counselors, nurses and crisis support workers among others. The counselors facilitate counseling to the victims of violence or refugees. The nurses, on the other hand, offer medical and health care to refugees or victims who are in need of medical services. Crisis support workers manage the refugees and other violence victims. All these social workers aim at success and comfort of the immigrants in Canada.
Sub question I
COSTI agency may act as a field practicum for different students as there are learning opportunities in the agency. There are short courses offered to youths focusing on how they can maintain a job in their future. These courses point out some of the things that employers look for during hiring. Therefore for a student who attends this training, he or she will learn more skills of how to seek for employment. The agency trains the youth on customer service preparation. The students are taught how to deal with difficult problems and clients, how to represent their companies and improve their listening skills. Therefore, with all these services and programs offered at the agency, it fit to be a field practicum for students.
Sun question II
Nevertheless, COSTI agency may not be a preferable field practicum in my studies as it has several disadvantages towards my studies. The disadvantage is because COSTI agency mostly deals with issues affecting immigrants. Therefore for a student who may not be studying social services courses may not benefit from it.
Broad Africa Resource Centre,. (2016). BARC: Broad African NGO, computer, multimedia, settlement, minorities & newcomers, Toronto. Broadafrican.org. Retrieved 24 October 2016, from http://www.broadafrican.org/index.shtml
COSTI immigrant services,. (2016). COSTI Who We Are. Costi.org. Retrieved 24 October 2016, from http://www.costi.org/whoweare/whoweare.php
YMCA of Greater Toronto,. (2016). YMCA GTA | YMCA of Greater Toronto (GTA). Ymcagta.org. Retrieved 24 October 2016, from https://ymcagta.org/