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Summer is 13 weeks long (or short, however you want to look at it) and why not do something great during this season that will stay with us forever?
If your teen is looking for something to do that will keep them active, earn some money, or get to do something for someone else, here are some ideas I have for them!
Summer service ideas for teens
Volunteer at the Library
This isn’t the first thing many people will think of, but if your teen likes books, this can be an option! I had a friend who worked at a library…well, he volunteered, and he really enjoyed it. It isn’t a paying job, but it gets your kids doing something.
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen
I remember when I went to my first “soup kitchen”. (It wasn’t really a soup kitchen, but it did serve those who are less fortunate). I absolutely loved that experience and can’t wait to go back! I highly recommend it for teenagers, because it really brings attention to how much they really have and how fortunate they are to have what they have. When I went it definitely put things into perspective and to see how happy some of those people were…it made me ashamed of my own attitude.
Does your teen want to make some extra cash this summer? A car wash with friends is a great idea. If you live on a busy street or have access to a large location this can be a great activity for them and they would probably get some good customers. Even if you don’t live on a busy street, having your teen make up their own flyers and going door to door letting their neighbors know that they are offering car washes for $$ (plus, maybe a few other jobs) can prove to be quite monetary, as well.
I know…you probably read this suggestion and were like, “Whaaatttt?” (Insert my best minion voice here). Yes, running a lemonade stand can and usually is done by young children, but the kind of lemonade stand I’m talking about isn’t about selling them for .25 cents and sitting at the end of your driveway. I’m talking about a lemonade stand that is placed at local outdoor craft shows, or outside a local store (be sure you have permission at said store to sell lemonade) and having the money to help benefit others, such as Blood:Water Missions, Door of Hope Palawan, or perhaps have them choose an organization that they want to help support. If they get their friends involved it can be a huge blessing.
Host a Bake Sale
Lemonade stands and bake sales…you might think I lost my scruples, but I haven’t, at least not yet. A bake sale is a great way to bring in a little more cash, plus it gets them in the kitchen. Maybe they don’t want to do a bake sale, but maybe create a flyer of items they want to make (banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, etc.), the price, and their contact information, so they can drop it off on neighbors mail boxes or place on a store’s bill-boards. Something simple.
If all else fails, babysit. I know a lot of teens whose summer job is babysitting. The babysitting “industry” is a sure way of getting some jobs in and bringing in the cash.
For the man in your life, babysitting might not be up his alley (although, I know several teen guys, who babysit, it just isn’t everyone’s “thing”), but I’m pretty sure that if you own a lawn mower and have neighbors, he could probably get a bunch of jobs. Landscaping doesn’t only have to be mowing, it can be cleaning out the gutters, weeding out landscape, power-washing the outside of the house…pretty much anything your teen wants to do! Like babysitting, everyone is in dire need of it.
If you have a teen in your home that is looking for more income during the summer or needs a way of getting out of the “bored” and “lazy” summer blues, I’m sure one of these suggestions would be a great help. If your teen can’t drive and you don’t have the time to drive them around, have them focus on things that they can get to on their bike or within walking distance.
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