Benefits of Summer Jobs
By Angelina Folchi
Summer is quickly approaching, and many LHS students are finding themselves in need of a summer job. There are very few job opportunities in a community as small as Loyalton, and high school students are having trouble getting hired, because they often have to compete with unemployed adults with more experience.
Luckily for anyone aged 17-21, the Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc. (AFWD) in Loyalton has a youth program to help students acquire skills to give them an upper hand for getting a job. These skills include educational skills, decision-making skills, computer skills and career planning skills. AFWD is a nonprofit organization that assists different people on “their pathways to success.” The agency helps low-income youth “acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome barriers” that stop them from reaching their educational and/or employment goals.
AFWD has many available workshops for job-seeking people of the community, such as resume writing, interviewing skills and work readiness. The organization posts jobs on its Job Board in its office, and its employees are constantly on the lookout for jobs for its clients and youth. The staff also teaches its clients how to use online searches to find employment.
The youth’s family must meet the low-income criteria, receive public assistance, be homeless or have a foster child to be enrolled in the youth program. However, no one has to be enrolled in the youth program to get extra help. All students can enter the office and get help with their resumes, do an online interview course or check out the Job Board.
Summer jobs are important for high school students, because they teach them responsibility and dependability. Teenagers learn how important punctuality is, and they realize that no one is to blame for their shortcomings except themselves. Another benefit of summer jobs is the hard-earned money. Making extra money that students can claim as theirs makes them feel independent and self-sufficient, and they no longer have to constantly beg their parents for some extra cash to buy those shoes they’ve been wanting. Additionally, students can save money to help their parents pay for their college educations.
The advantages of jobs don’t stop there, though. Job experience as a teen makes resumes look especially enticing to future employers and to college admission officers.
If students work with the AFWD and still have trouble finding a job, it’s still not time to stop looking, because there are many job opportunities out there that people are unaware of. The best way to come by a job is by going door-to-door to every business in the community. Even if businesses say they don’t have any current job openings, it’s still a good idea to fill out an application. Then, if a job opportunity ever arises, employers can pull out the applications they already have and quickly fill the position.
Still, jobs are hard to come by in this economic downturn, and people shouldn’t be disappointed if they don’t acquire an official job this summer. There are still odd jobs that anyone can do for their neighbors, such as yard work or babysitting. Even better: how about an unofficial, unpaid internship? If there is a career out there that people are interested in, they should consider asking the business if they can intern there for the summer. Although it probably wouldn’t bring in any cash, an internship certainly looks good on resumes, which may make it easier to secure a job in the future, while getting experience at the same time. Sometimes an unpaid internship can turn into a paid job.
There are many opportunities, and the most important thing is for high school students to get out there, become more knowledgeable and learn some important skills that they can carry with them throughout their entire lives.
Junior Matt Campbell has many various talents
By Kyra McGarr
One interest relates to music. He can play many different instruments. Around the age of six, he started playing piano, then he learned to play bass, harmonica and the drums. Matt also plans to learn how to play the ukulele this summer.
Matt was home schooled until his sophomore year of high school and said he had a lot of time on his hands to play instruments. He has entered quite a few talent shows and other competitions and has won $125. He said the largest crowd he’s played for was around 100 people. He played the piano at a home for elderly. After playing instruments for a while, he joined his local church choir. This inspired him and some friends from Bishop Manogue to form a band.
The band’s name is Wing Men, and they play alternative and hard rock. Matt said they’ve only had one show in Reno, but they hope to get more gigs soon.
Matt also likes to play dodgeball and plays with his church youth group. They’re named the Wreck Shoppers. They play in tournaments in Reno two or three times a year. Matt also likes to play with some friends from Portola. He said he has been playing for about two years.
Matt enjoys playing sports. He has been a member of the track, basketball, football and baseball teams. On the track team he does the 100 meter, 200 meter, the long jump and hurdles.
LHS teacher and track team coach Sue Gressel said, “Matt is amazing to watch, because he is such an inspirational worker.”
He placed in three out of four events in his first track meet at a large invitational.
For the football team Matt is a running back and defensive end. He won an all-league award.
Matt’s family moved to the Sierra Valley area when he was 14 from Kansas. He has two brothers and one sister, and his father is a pastor at the Portola Station church.