Summer jobs a rite of passage

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 27, 2007

School is out for the year and for some local youth, that means a summer job.

On Tuesday, more than 100 students will become a part of the city’s summer employment program.

The city has received more than 300 applicants for the slots and a drawing will be held at 5 p.m. at Tuesday’s city council meeting to choose the 110 names to fill the jobs.

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The summer program is from June 11 to July 20.


will work 16 hours per week and earn $5.25 an hour. The city council has contributed $50,000, and other contributions have been made by sponsors of the program.

Summer jobs are a rite of passage for young people. Some make their money babysitting or mowing lawns. Some youth take jobs with local restaurants or businesses.

Working such jobs help young people in several ways.

First, by earning their own money, youth begin to understand the value of a dollar and, with additional lessons in finance, begin to prioritize their spending.

They are also able to contribute to the household budget.

In addition, young people gain experience and get on-the-job training. This experience can help them in years to come.

Local businesses contribute to the future by giving young people an opportunity to gain such training.