• Yard work,
• Visiting a lonely senior,
• Running errands,
• Walking a dog,
• Filing paperwork,
• Making a webpage or teaching basic Internet skills.
Angela Godbout, owner and founder of Put a Teen to Work, says she created the employment service for young people because she saw how difficult the economy is making it for them to get even low paying positions.
"It's a very sad day when adults with college degrees are competing with teens for minimum wage jobs at fast food restaurants. Freelance work may be all that's left for teens. We should all be offering these kids tasks in the community to keep them busy, teach them a good work ethic, and help them become more self-sufficient."
A Job Auction with a Difference
Put a Teen to Work is a reverse auction where hirers post their available jobs and teens bid on the ones they want to do. When the job is awarded and performed to their satisfaction, the employer pays the teen via the auction website. The service is free for job seekers; hirers pay a small percentage.
What makes the site different from other online employment services is that the bids are not displayed on the site. Instead, job seekers are encouraged to focus on selling themselves rather than trying to outbid others competing for the job.
Put a Teen to Work lets youth earn money, gain confidence and work experience on their way to becoming responsible young adults.
Angela Godbout, owner and founder