YMCA in Lexington area offering signing bonus for new summer counselors

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – With the kids out of school for the summer, they’re ready to head to camp or jump in the pool. And the YMCA is hoping that older students are ready to work.

“Getting back to normal has been something everyone has been waiting for and we are thrilled,” said Paula Anderson, President and CEO of the YMCA of Central Kentucky.

A normal summer means camp and pool at the YMCA, but of course they need people to fill those jobs.

“It’s a bit of a tight job market, but we’re making progress,” Anderson said.

Anderson said most of their summer employees were high school students or graduates. With the online course pandemic, she said many people aren’t staying in Lexington for the summer. In addition, the job market is currently extremely competitive.

“There are a lot of opportunities for them to consider locally. If you are driving down the street or pulling into a store right now, we are renting a lot of signs. And so I think young people have a choice, ”Anderson said.

Just like other businesses, the YMCA also offers bonuses. Employees could receive an additional $ 500 if they stay beyond the summer season.

“We have done something like this in the past with lifeguards, but this summer it carried over into our summer camp programs and our lifeguard programs. It’s timed right before you go back to school, so every little bit helps! Anderson said.

Summer arrives as the mask’s mandate and other capacity restrictions are lifted. Anderson said she was excited to see familiar faces and smiley faces at the Y this summer.

Anderson said this summer’s camps are almost completely full, but have a few spots left.

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