Summer Jobs for Youth
As the result of donors’ generosity, the Holy Cross Parish in Chicago was able to continue its Summer Youth Employment program this past summer, giving about 50 neighborhood young people ages 12 and up the opportunity to earn income while they learn job skills that will greatly increase what they offer future employers.
These jobs give neighborhood youth an income and necessary life skills. Equally as vital, these jobs build a strong sense of pride and self-worth. The young people are given responsibility, a support base from adults with confidence in their abilities to succeed, and then are rewarded for their hard work and discipline. This builds confidence in themselves and their abilities.
For many of these kids, being able to contribute to household expenses is both a financial help to families and a tremendous source of pride for them. Many young workers, in fact, use their summer income to purchase new clothes and school supplies for the upcoming academic year, taking that financial burden off of their families.