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BYS works to connect teens with summer jobs | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Do you remember your first job? Was it sitting for a neighbor, or mowing a lawn?

Were you lucky enough to work for someone who took a few minutes to teach you a new skill or how to use a particular tool?

By hiring a teen for summer work, you will help them gain experience and confidence in the workplace while benefiting from the energy and enthusiasm they’ll bring to a job. In order to connect islanders who could use extra help and teens that want to work, Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) hosts an online job board.

While yard work and childcare jobs are often posted on the BYS board, there are plenty of other ways you can put a teen to work.

Trying to figure out how to use Facebook or Twitter to promote your business? Want to get more out of your digital devices? Find a teen artist or athlete to organize a craft or sports-themed birthday party, a tutor to keep a child’s math skill sharp over summer, or a reader for an elderly family member. Maybe you could use extra help setting up and serving at a summer party or canning summer fruit.

As you reflect on that summer to-do list, think about how helping a teen might help you out. Visit bainbridgeyouthservices.org to post a job or to register as a teen employee and see the job listing information.

STEVE OLSON

Treasurer

Bainbridge Youth Services

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