For high school students looking for a summer
job with pay and other benefits, there’s still hope.

TeenWorks is a non-profit
employment and college readiness program that has 300 jobs available this
summer for students age 15-18, with multiple employers throughout the city.

The deadline, however, to submit an application
is April 10.

TeenWorks partners with all public,
charter and private high schools in Indianapolis and Muncie, including
Indianapolis Public Schools.

More than 100 IPS students have already applied
for jobs through the organization.

“It’s nothing but positivity for the kids
because it teaches them punctuality, communication, responsibility and
different job skills and life skills,” said Harry Mimms, a counselor at New
Tech High @ Arsenal Technical High School. He also served for two years as a
work-team supervisor for TeenWorks.

The six-week program has students working
in teams at various community partner worksites during the morning hours. But
the program offers much more than a job and a paycheck.

In the afternoons, students transition to
college readiness or professional development sessions, where they learn valuable
skills on interviewing, etiquette, money-management, creating long- and
short-term goals and conflict resolution, among others.

Mimms has noticed a difference in students
who have participated in TeenWorks.

“I see a difference in the kids. The
different issues that arise in school, they handle them better,” he said.

Dr. Vernita Robinson, director of
guidance at Arsenal Technical High School, said students love their experience
through TeenWorks because “it’s not your typical summer jobs.”

Youths in TeenWorks get the opportunity
to work in a variety of industries through the program’s work-site partners,
including the Indiana State Fair, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indy Urban
Acres and IU Health.

Not only does the program pay students to
work and provide them with life and professional skills, students also receive
free lunch and transportation to and from job sites daily. The program has
basically removed many of the barriers that prohibit teens from obtaining
summer employment.

To be eligible for a summer job through
TeenWorks, students must have a 2.5 GPA during the academic school year and be
on free or reduced lunch. For more information about the program and to complete
an application before the deadline, visit the TeenWorks website.