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My son Zach's first summer job at 14 was as an intern at a Boy Scouts summer camp as a climbing instructor. The summer he was 16, he worked with Impact, a local group that visited inner-city summer programs mentoring youth to live life without drugs and alcohol. This is the year he also began a not-for-profit: Barefoot Hope, Inc., that encourages youth to notice, serve and assist local homeless via their volunteering efforts.
Through all of these jobs and experiences, Zach developed self-confidence and a passion to help other youth recognize their own confidence, passions, and individual abilities. Zach is a freshman studying Youth Ministry at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Because of his earlier experiences learned through summer jobs he already is employed as a Youth Pastor at a local church in Lakeland and loving the relationships being developed. When not attending school full-time, Zach is developing lessons plans, holding youth meetings, and working as a cheerful barista at Starbucks.
My first summer job was as an office clerk at Hewlett Packard, a job I learned of through a local youth employment office. After a successful first job experience, I'm now celebrating my 22nd year with the organization that helped me out as teenager NOVA Workforce Board in Sunnyvale, California.