For many, keeping teens busy and out of trouble over the summer months can be difficult. Most likely, your job doesn't allow you to take the summer off and it can be hard to keep tabs on your teens when you're not around. Others view summer jobs as a wonderful learning experience for their teens. Summer gives kids the chance to take the skills they've learned in school and apply them in the real world. Jobs can teach kids how to save money and budget, and can also be a great way for motivated kids to contribute to that college fund.
Whether your kid is into lifeguarding, babysitting, being a camp counselor or a more intense internship, we've compiled a few resources to help you get your teen started off on the right foot.
WorkReady and Philadelphia Youth Network- Philadelphia
WorkReady, in partnership with Philadelphia Youth Network, is a program dedicated to improving the economic outcomes of the region's youth by investing in youth-workforce-development programs. Summer work experience models are provided by PYN and offer six-week paid and educationally-enriching work experiences to youth age 14-21. They offer three different programs: service-learning, work experience and internships. Teens can apply for these programs here.
City of Philadelphia Youth Programs- Philadelphia
Kids 16 and older who are or are interested in becoming certified lifeguards can work for the Parks and Rec department at one of the many Philadelphia public pools over the summer. The City of Philadelphia also provides a WorkReady internship program for kids who are interested in governmental positions via the Mayor's Internship Program (MIP). Unfortunately, this internship is unpaid, but it does offer teens a ten-week learning experience. Interns will experience departmental work, "Exploring Government" activities and participation in a group program.
Montgomery County Youth Empowerment Program- Norristown
The Youth Empowerment Program provides in-school children age 14-21 with opportunities to acquire occupational skill training, work readiness instruction and development of a career pathway plan. This program also offers summer internships where teens can participate in 6-week paid internships with local businesses, nonprofits, school districts and municipalities.
180 is an initiative of the Bucks County Workforce Investment Board. 180 partners with employers in the area to give teens the ability to participate in the type of job they're looking for- internships, on-the-job training, job shadowing and even full-time jobs.
The H.O.O.D.- Exton
As part of CareerLink in Chester County, H.O.O.D. provides in-school and out-of-school youth ages 14-21 access to educational enrichment, career development and job placement services. They also offer post secondary preparation and leadership training.
Delaware County Youth Leadership Academy- Springfield
While the application period has passed, this program offers Delaware County high school sophomores the opportunity to meet and work with local business leaders, government community leaders and media leaders. It gives these students the tools they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. The application period is over, but if your teen is currently a freshman, it's something to consider for next year.
Hire Teen is a basic job search site specifically geared towards teens. Teens can search by job category, by age, by type, or find job tips and even learn how to tell a scam posting from the real thing. Speaking of scams, beware of the "Sponsored Links" buttons that show up on each page; they're not part of the site and can be confusing at first. Despite this quirk, this site is full of great information for teens looking for work.
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