Ah, SUMMER! That grand time in the middle of the year in which you can expect several things: hot temperatures, lots of pool parties, and a whole gaggle of teens who are out of school on summer break and looking for ways to make cash. For every kid that likes folding clothes at a local big box establishment, there’s another who really… doesn’t. If your offbeat teen is looking for a summer gig that he or she might actually like, here are a few suggestions:
- It’s a stereotype, but lifeguarding at a local pool might be one of the most obvious jobs around for a Red Cross-certified teen. There are usually facilities that offer the training on days that are convenient for students — for example, our local university’s gym has lifeguard-training classes on Saturdays in March and April and during Spring Break. It’s a little expensive up-front (around $150), but it beats slinging burgers.
- Camps are ALWAYS looking for counselors! Since there are so many different kinds of camps (band camp, art camp, space camp, nature camps, etc.), there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
Rockin’ the homestead
- If your teen is a clean freak, he or she might want to consider trumpeting their house-cleaning skills on Craigslist. If allowing your underage kid to offer services online freaks you out, consider posting a flyer at local coffee shops and churches, or wherever you guys frequent.
- Don’t forget the quintessential teen summer job: babysitting! While most teens aren’t old enough to list their services on websites like Care and Sittercity, you can combine your social networks and probably come up with a few people who might be looking for someone to watch a kiddo or two. Plus, nowadays this could easily be extended to house-, pet-, or even car-sitting. Similarly, a stint in dog-walking could be awesome.
For the artistically-inclined
- Art lessons are huge across the ages — little kids, the elderly, and many people in between love expressing themselves. What better way to put those skills gleaned from a high school photography or painting class to good use than to teach others at an hourly rate?
- If you have a budding English major (or just a voracious reader) on your hands, he or she might be interested in tutoring younger children in the rules of reading and writing. Libraries and community centers usually offer these kinds of lessons and groups, so they’d be good places to start looking.
If money isn’t the object
- If your kid doesn’t actually need to make money but wants something to do, there are two huge possibilities: internships and volunteering. Both are pretty easy to find locally, but the internet has possibilities as well: Internships.com has a list of guidelines for high school students, and VolunteerMatch and the HandsOn Network are good places to find volunteer opps in your neck of the woods.
I know there’s way more where this came from — what offbeat summer jobs did you guys have?