There are plenty of ways for your teen to earn a few bucks to help them better enjoy their summer break. Some of these require more of a regular work schedule, while others will only take a few hours a day or even a week.
Community Centers and City Programs
Often cities will run youth summer employment programs for both teenagers and college students. A lot of these programs provide educational opportunities as well as financial. These can provide both community jobs and intern jobs with local businesses. Several of my friends growing up did these jobs. In my city they consisted more of working park concession stands and lifeguarding at the city pools. However, times have changed and cities are working more and more with local business, government organizations, and hospitals. Another benefit to these jobs is they can help your teen to get a foot in the door of certain fields, or to see if they like a certain career. A New York City program employed over 52,000 during the summer of 2010 and was open to 14-24 year olds.
Referee and Umpire jobs
While some city jobs provide longer hours that may not be as desirable during a summer break. Working as a referee or umpire will often only take up a few hours once a week. Also, many private sports leagues hire out for referees. This can turn into a way to make spare money throughout the year. The sports league I frequently work with allows teams to choose their own referees for home games. Often the only requirement is knowledge of the rules and a short free class offered by the league.
Yard Work or Landscaping
While my friends worked their youth program jobs the route I took was yard work and landscaping. These jobs can be a lot harder to come by depending on your neighborhood and connections. I began by working for my uncle and it worked out to around minimum wage (but I was only 14 at the time). However, by working for him I picked up other jobs, one job paying $40 dollars to mow a yard that took less than two hours. The work provided enough income to make my summer more enjoyable. However, as I said before they are hard to come by. Based on my success outside my neighborhood I tried to get jobs closer to home. Blanketing my own city with flyers that I printed out I didn’t get a single call. Also, I have known some that did jobs then didn’t get paid, so I would advise against working with people you don’t know very well or going door-to-door.
Dog Walking or Pet Sitting
Do you know someone with pets who is going out of town? What about someone who isn’t able to walk their dog, due to age or medical reasons? These both provide opportunities to earn spare summer cash in just a short amount of time each day. Youth can seek out these jobs by placing a flyer at your local senior center or church, or through family and friends.
“Summer Youth Employment Program 2010 Annual Summary”, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development