Summer jobs are a great way for teens to get a taste of what a real-world work experience might be like. Working at a summer camp could help a teen realize that they want to pursue a career working with kids. A job in retail might help them develop their customer service skills, which they are likely to use throughout their working-life. Farming or gardening can teach teens about where their food comes from and give them skills they may need to successfully grow their own food in the future. If nothing else, summer jobs are a great way for teens to make their own money and develop independence.
Check out what having a summer job meant for some of these YES teens.
"Through my job at the Youth Farm, I learned to be more of a leader."
Youth Farm Project Crew Leader
"I've always wanted to work in retail. Being in a musical environment was great, and I got to learn about guitar repair."
Ithaca Guitar Works Sales and Repair Assistant
SewGreen Camp Counselor
1st Street Mosaic Project
Apprentice Mosaic Maker
Armstrong School of Dance Camp Counselor
Thrive Ethical Fashion Store Associate
Durland Alternatives Library Assistant
City of Ithaca Building Maintenance Assistant
"I love working at the pool. I learned to stay positive, be nice, and to be patient with people."
Alex Haley Pool Swim Aide and Cashier