Nothing’s worse than a teenager with nothing to do–especially with a long summer ahead of them. A summer job can bring structure to their days, money in their bank account, and experience to their resumes. But what if the greasy stress of the local fast-food joint sounds less than appealing?
Our community offers a number of job opportunities that not only give a welcome break from the fast-food track but build skills that will benefit your teen beyond high school graduation. Here are a few ideas you might not have considered for your teen:
City, county, and state parks get busy in the summer, and for good reason! When school’s out and the weather’s warm, there is plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors. Ashland City Parks, in particular, offer over 140 acres of activities, including summer concerts at the bandshell, concession stands, fishing, swimming, volleyball, and an all-ages tennis program. All this summer fun needs high-energy people to keep it running smoothly. If your teen would like to spend time with people, build communication and leadership skills, and enjoy the sun, working for the city parks is a great fit!
If your teen wants to journey deeper into the wilderness, the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center at Mohican State Park should be tops on their application list. Seasonal positions are available through Labor Day. With pools, a restaurant, and many other amenities, there are many opportunities to build experience while bringing smiles to guests.
The Mohican River is a canoeing paradise, winding people through the beautiful wooded countryside for miles of summer adventure. If your teen enjoys meeting people, they can work at one of the local liveries, such as Loudonville Canoe Livery and Mohican Adventures. Your teen will learn the ropes of getting guests set up with canoeing, kayaking, or tubing; or they can assist with visitors in the campground or store. A summer of fun and learning awaits–with plenty of opportunities to work on communication and managerial skills.
Senior Resident Care
For the teen who prefers the great indoors–and who loves building deep connections with others–working in a senior living center is a great match. At communities like Brethren Care Village or Lutheran Care Village, your teen can apply to be a resident companion, working with a team of nurses and other professionals to help meet a resident’s physical and emotional needs. Other possibilities include maintenance, housekeeping, or dining service, all of which provide opportunities to offer compassionate care and service while developing communication, organization, and hands-on skills.
These and other jobs offer your teen valuable life skills they can carry with them into their future. Our teens at ACCA have such a broad range of talents, and the world needs all of their gifts. If you aren’t familiar with ACCA or are looking for an alternative option for your high school student this coming fall, learn more about who we are and what we’re all about.