Posts tagged ‘Teen Money’

What’s For Lunch?

Youth Worker Crystal Hutchison enjoys a heathy salad from safeway

There are a variety of places wher you can eat on your lunch break. Depending on the walk you are willing to take, there is the DC wharf, which is a couple of blocks down, or even McDonald’s which is also a few blocks away. If you’re anything like me, you may want to keep your walk short and simple. If that’s the case, there’s a Safeway right next door where you can enjoy delicious sandwiches from the deli, a fresh salad or fruit from the salad bar or better yet if you wanna go healthy but tasty all at the same time you can visit the frozen section and pick up a lean cuisne.

I spoke with Youth worker Leah Britton. ” I go to the same lunch spot everyday and seems like alot of other people do as well. I get tired of going to Safeway  everyday, but I look at it on the bright side. It’s a lot more healthy than going to McDonald’s everyday.”

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Resumes! Resumes! Resumes!

A quick notice to everyone who hasn’t already finished and maybe to those who have. Resume’s are due soon! Thats right, you need to have a completed resume enlisting everything you have done (jobs, school, etc.) up till now. It sounds hard, but it really isn’t. It just takes a little time and dedication to finish it.

So, for the people who have never written a resume, there are a few things to know before you start. You do not need to have a “real” job to have a resume. Extracurricular activities and internships (like the one youre currently in. *Hint Hint*) will work fine on an entry level resume to potential jobs. Not everyone has tons of work experience, but showing that you’ve done something and that youre trying to achieve more will make your resume look as good as any other professionally made version.

There are many resume formats (or templates) out there that are made for people like you, who may not know how to make it. Well, here are a few examples and I’ll give you a website as well. If you’re looking for anything above an Entry Level Template, well… you’re looking at the wrong blog.

P.S. If you have Microsoft Word, then it holds resume templates in the program.

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/sampleresumes/a/templateentry.htm

SYEP Pay Day!

My team and I went around asking the other summer youth some questions to find out about their pay. Did they have issues? Are they saving? Did they spend it all? Plans for the future? Heres a small video showing what we found out!

Paycheck Eve

Want Some Cash?
Well, you’ve toiled and sweat and toiled some more…okay, not really, but you’ve been employed for a few weeks and what do you get from a job after you’ve worked for a period of time?! That’s right, a paycheck.  Tomorrow, July 21st, summer  youth employment program workers will be rolling in the dough…okay, you won’t really be rolling in the dough, but close.

Your paychecks will be for the first two weeks that you worked, June 28 – July 10.  Remember, the money will be electronically added to the Visa debit cards that were mailed to you either before the program began or right after you started working.  If you have any problems (forgot your PIN number, lost the card, etc.) when you get ready to use your card, contact ADP/Visa directly at 1-877-237-4321.  If you believe that the amount of your paycheck is incorrect, contact Ms. Kristina Swann or Ms. Tania Williams and they’ll look into it.

Otherwise, spend wisely and try to put a little something aside for a rainy day! Your savings can really add up over time, so even $25 stashed away from every paycheck can make a huge difference!

Remaining Pay Dates

Payroll Calendar Pay Period               Pay Date
July 11th through  July 24th                   Wednesday, August 4th
July 25th through August 7th                Wednesday, August 18th
August 8th through August 17th           Wednesday, September 1st

Weekend Fun In The City: Hangout spots

So, D.C. is kinda small and not many places that are teen friendly, because come on, we don’t like playgrounds anymore (I still like the swings though… :D). So, where can you go that’s reachable and has pretty much all you need to spend less money? Well, Georgetown is the place, if you know what you’re doing and where to go. I’m going to assume a good amount of the people who should really be reading this are 16-20, so stay out of the bars! Now that that’s finished, on to the fun stuff. Georgetown is probably one of the most expensive parts of D.C. All of the stores are pretty costly there.

The Georgetown Waterfront is a very chill place to be. It’s got a nice view of the Potomac River and the tall buildings in Crystal City. When the sun sets, and the sky is orange, the reflection of the windows and the river make it a beautiful sight. It’s also a nice place to take a girlfriend, boyfriend, or just a group of friends. If your at the pier, you get a nice view of the boats and the people partying and having fun. The lawn area is a nice place to sit down and just ponder over the water.

There are many different kinds of stores around this area and there is a movie theater (Georgetown Loew’s) directly behind the river. Right beside it there’s a Hershey Ice Cream Shop. There are also high-classed restaurants (and low class for us) and other kinds of convenience stores like your average corner store and CVS. There is a Barnes & Noble and an Apple Store, so you have plenty of places to sit around and chill. The night life is pretty cool as well. There’s a guy I like to call “The Metallica”. He is usually near the waterfront playing his electric guitar or with a band playing some fun jazzy stuff. Georgetown isn’t the safest place in the world, but it’s better than most places. Just watch your back and keep an eye open, but otherwise have fun.

–Jason Barnes

Professional Development: Week 3

Professional Development

Hello! Welcome back to another week of fun and excitement at DCRA.  As program coordinators Ms. Kristina Swann and Ms. Tania Williams informed you the first week, we’ll have a host of professional development sessions for you to participate in this summer.

This week, there are two sessions, but only one is mandatory.  If  you haven’t touched base with your supervisor or coordinator to let them know which sessions you’d like to attend, or if you’d like to make a change do so as quickly as possible.  This week’s sessions are:

Mandatory
Understanding Government Structure and Operations

9:15am to 10:30am, 2nd Floor Hearing Room
Wednesday, July 14th

DCRA Executive Panel Discussion
10:30am to 12:00pm, 4th Floor Emergency Operations Center
Friday, July 16th

Getting to Know Co-Workers

Charday Green

Today is the first day of the District’s Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs summer youth employment program. We decided to visit with some of our fellow youth employees to ask them questions that may help the DCRA staff get to know them better. We asked 16 year-old Laurence Cross what his favorite part of the day was. He told us that seeing his supervisor again was what he enjoyed most. Laurence has experience working with the “Support Services Division”. Last year helped give him people skills and now he’s brilliant at his job. There’s another thing that Laurence is really good at, football.  He says for as long as he can remember he always loved football. Now, he’s playing football for Ballou Senior High School. His goal is to attend college and become a professional football player.

We also talked to 16 year-old Leah Britton. Her favorite part of today was the lunch break. She didn’t expect the DCRA summer youth program to be this fun. Leah’s goal is to learn how to communicate with others. After her summer job with DCRA is over, Leah plans to communicate with a lot more people. But, during the program she told us she will be saving the majority of her money and going on a shopping spree.

Next, we ran into 20 year-old Latoya Pannell. She loves getting to know others. She said she’s been having fun from the moment she walked into the building. She even wants the opportunity to learn more about DCRA as she shares her time with the staff. Her work in the communications department will help her be more confident when she attends Everest College this Fall.

– Charday Green