It’s the time of year where the school year is wrapping up and teenagers may start thinking about what to do this summer. Instead of just sitting at home and scrolling the iPhone screen, one option is to take advantage of the many job opportunities available today.
This is the time of year where many public and private entities are looking for summer help to provide entertainment and programs to youth and families.
Take Pirates Cove for instance. The Englewood water park is currently seeking lifeguards for the summer with plans to open on May 25. Area teenagers have an opportunity to gain valuable experience, and make up to $12.30 an hour.
Brad Anderson, senior facilities supervisor of aquatics for the Town of Englewood, said getting a summer job as a life guard or with their summer services gives teenagers a great sense of team work.
“The team environment is probably the most important thing,” he said. “Then, you get to make a different in people’s lives. As a lifeguard you save lives, you mentor and you gain a true sense of belonging.”
Anderson said the starting age for hiring lifeguards is 15 as long as they can pass certification requirements.
“We will hire you at any age as long as you come with a willingness to work,” Anderson added.
Other summer programs are also in search of summer help, it just takes some searching on metro government websites in communities such as Castle Rock, Parker, Lakewood, Golden and others.
Besides something to do over the summer, getting and keeping a summer job has the following benefits for teens:
•Responsibility: Success in the adult world is contingent on what teens learn as kids. A summer job helps them budget their time, understand expectations and thinking about future growth and success.
•Financial education: A growing number of young people are graduating high school and entering college without any financial knowledge, meaning they can’t manage a budget, fill out financial paperwork or plan ahead. Having a job and managing money over the summer can help educate for the future.
•Self-growth: Success in a summer job not only earns valuable connections, but also gives local teens the opportunity for self-growth in gain self-esteem in a job well done.