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Resume Tips For Teens

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As a teenager begins his or her first job, they are often scared and have little courage.  Whether it is because of the lack of experience or going to an interview for the first time, looking for a job at such a young age can be scary.  One thing that can help children to ease their worries is being well prepared and having confidence.  Having a well put together resume can either make or break a job interview.  Even if you don’t have experience, a resume will show what skills, experience and other qualifications you have to make you stand out.

Keep it simple.  The best resumes contain all information pertinent to the job you are applying for, but don’t overdo it.  If you add in qualifications that are not relevant, if may get confusing and turn employers away.  The resume should be easy to read and clearly understood.  It should highlight your best qualities and point out why you are different than the average applicant.

Be professional.  The presentation of your resume should use a standard font and format.  There is no need to make a resume appear more visually appealing with cursive writing or pictures.  Make sure your name and contact information is clearly put at the top and print it out on a plain piece of white paper from a quality printer.

Order is important.  When forming your resume, keep in mind that you want the most important qualities you possess to be first.  Prioritize your qualities and make sure that they stand out when an employer reviews your resume.  With your previous experience, things should be ordered based on the date.  Your most recent job experiences or other types of relevant experiences should be listed first.

Content.  Even if you don’t have job experience, there are still many things that you can put in your resume.  Begin with a brief introduction of yourself that contains basic information, such as your name, sex, birthday and contact information.  After an introduction, you’ll want to list your strengths.  Here, you will put what you consider your most important strengths that are relevant to the job you are applying for.  Next, you’ll want to highlight any qualifications or awards you have received.  If you have a diploma or received educational awards while in school, you will list them in this section.   After highlighting any qualifications, you’ll want to list any job experience that you’ve had in the past.  Whether it is volunteer or paid, any previous work experience you have will be listed here.  Furthermore, you’ll want to include a brief description of what duties each job entailed.  Last but not least, you’ll want to list at least three references for the employer to contact.  These should not be family members, but instead people who know you on a work basis or from an educational standpoint.  When listing references, be sure to contact them and let them know that they may be contacted by the potential employer.

Keep in mind that your resume should be clear and concise.  It should not be any longer than two pages and should contain anything that makes you stand out.  Make sure that there are no grammatical errors and that you have not put anything inaccurate on your resume.

Summer Jobs For High School Students

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Teenagers Summer Job Opportunity

During the summer months there are lots of jobs that open up for teenagers who are interested in making some extra money of the upcoming school year. There are lots of different types of jobs that high school students can find that require little to no work experience.  These jobs are not only great for students to make a little extra cash, but for students to get some valuable work experience before they graduate and head to college or start their careers.

Available jobs in Retail outlets:

Some of the jobs available to teens these days are in the malls in retail outlets in larger cities. Malls are filled with up to a few hundred stores of all different kinds, so there are usually many part-time jobs available within one mall area.  These jobs can include retail sales positions, working waiting tables or busing tables at a restaurant, being a barista at a coffee shop or working behind these scenes at clothing or shoe stores stocking and restocking items.  There are also usually movie theatres in larger malls that need people to sell tickets, concessions and to clean up after the movie guests have come and gone to watch their movie. So no matter what you are interested in, there are usually positions available for students to work.

Seasonal job opportunity:

Also during the summer seasonal opportunities open up for teens interested in starting work.  There are usually lifeguard positions open at outdoor pools, beaches and lakes through the city parks and recreational department as well as through private clubs.  During the summer many restaurants and cafes experience an increase in business because they are either located mainly outside or cater to summer tourists.  And, in a lot of cities, there are summer concert or events series that need staff to help run the events and concerts.  By simply asking around and looking at job posting boards teens can usually find something that they think is interesting and can fit their schedules.

If teens are interested in exploring a position that they think may fit in with a career they would one day want to pursue, then thinking about doing a summer internship that is either paid or unpaid could be a viable option for high school students as well.  There are thousands of internship programs available to students, and companies are usually very excited to be teaching their skills and life passion with an eager young student.  And sometimes, if the student like the field that they have chosen to have the internship in and the company is impressed with the student’s skills, then sometimes that internship can turn into a job for that student down the road sooner than he or she may think.

So, no matter what you are interested in and how much you would like to spend of your summer between classes working, there is usually a job available for you that will fit your schedule.  Just make sure to plan ahead and don’t give up searching until you find something that you enjoy.


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Outdoor Summer Jobs For Teens

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Between classes, homework, sports, and extracurricular activities it is near impossible to hold a job during the school year. Maybe your parents give you an allowance during your busy school year, but come summer time they expect you to find a job to make and save your own money.

There are many job options for teenagers, but during the summer a job outdoors is preferable so that you can enjoy the nice weather. There are some good possibilities for this type of job that are generally geared towards teenage aged employees. This gives you more possibilities and means that you will spend the summer working alongside other people your age. Some suggestions are:

– Day camp: Day camps are a great place to seek employment if you enjoy spending time with kids because you get to be outside all day playing with them. As a counselor at a day camp you and the other counselors are responsible for organizing activities, interacting with the campers, and being responsible for them. Day camps are usually located in parks so you spend the majority of the time outside. The ages of campers are on the younger side, usually ranging from 5 to 13 years old, but most of the activities are similar. Common activities are sports, such as kickball, soccer, swimming, and baseball; arts and crafts, such as lanyard, painting, and building; games, such as cards, tag, duck duck goose, and the playground; and food events such as BBQs and ice cream. The point of all of these activities is to keep the children entertained and encourage interaction between them and between the counselors and them. It is their summer vacation as well, so camp should be something that they look forward to going to everyday. As a counselor you are responsible for making the kids’ experiences fun, which is not a bad job if you think about the activities you are planning for them!

– Lifeguard: Being a lifeguard is another great job that allows you to enjoy summer outside. In order to be a lifeguard you must be certified, which requires that you are an excellent swimmer, are CPR certified, and have been trained. Lifeguard training certification is very useful because you can then apply for jobs at any public or private pool or beach. As a lifeguard you take shifts sitting in the lifeguard chair during the day, watching over the swimmers in the water. It is a very important job because you are in charge of the swimmers’ safety should they need assistance, so responsibility is a key quality for any lifeguard. While not on duty, you are able to enjoy the sun and the environment with your co-workers, most who are also teenagers.

– Caddy: A golf caddy is also a great outdoor summer job for teenagers, and is available at golf courses and country clubs, hotels, or other locations that have golf courses. Basically you are walking, or driving, with the golf player through his round of golf. For this reason, an interest in golf is important. You are responsible for carrying the player’s golf club bags. If you have a golf cart to drive this makes it a bit easier, especially on hot days. The player will look to you for advice on which club to use in different situations. A plus to being a caddy is that the golf player usually tips you at the end of the day.

These are just a few suggestions for ideal outdoor summer jobs for teenagers. Talking to people in your community and at your recreational center will give you more information on these jobs and others.

Summer Jobs For Teens

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Summer Jobs For Teens

It’s the time of year when many teenagers start thinking about summer employment. Besides putting a few dollars into your pocket, a job can be a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and get out of the house. What should you do when the final bell rings in June? Here are some ideas for you to ponder as you make the move towards a summer job.

Lifeguard: This is the quintessential summer job, and for good reason. You’ll spend all day outside, and if it’s too hot you can jump into some cold water for a dip. In many cases, the pay is quite good as well, coming in at a few dollars higher than minimum wage. Keep in mind, however, that this job comes with a whole bunch of responsibility—take a look at the name, for goodness’ sake! You’ll have to take a course to learn CPR and rescue techniques, and if something does go wrong, you’ll be the one taking care of it.

Golf Caddy: If you’re in good shape (or looking to get into good shape), you can do a lot worse than a summer spent caddying. Carrying bags will build your muscles, and if you do a good job, you can usually expect a decent tip at the end of the day. Just be prepared to walk quite a bit, and if you plan on moving to the front of the line, you’ll want to brush up on your golf knowledge.

Food Service: Whether you’re working at McDonalds or a snack bar, this can be an engaging way to spend your summer months. Get ready for hours spent behind a hot fryer, and the possibility of dealing with rude customers. In the end, you’ll likely learn tips to help you transition into moving away from home.

Retail: Any job that involves selling merchandise falls under the category of retail. You can be hawking clothing, electronics, toys, or anything else. If you want to spend your summer out of the heat, this can be a great way to learn sales techniques or the specifics of a product. Just make sure to apply early; these are often jobs that are occupied year-round, so don’t expect to walk up and immediately get a gig at the mall.

Camp Counselor: If you like kids, this just might be the job for you. Expect to deal with a lot of shenanigans throughout June, July, and August, and you won’t be disappointed. That said, this can be a rewarding way to shape a young person’s future, and one that could stick with you long after you head back to school in September.

Whatever you do, remember that summer is a time for fun and relaxation. Don’t live to work; work to live. Once the day is over and you take off your uniform, enjoy your time out of school, and make sure to hang with friends and family.

Delta Airline Summer Jobs

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Tell your friends and family about Delta’s Summer Airport Customer
Service program. We are looking for people who want to work full-time
during the summer months only. We need people who are committed to
providing exceptional front-line service – assisting customers at
check-in and baggage handling.

Employees will receive $10.82 per hour as well as worldwide travel
privileges that enable them to fly on Delta.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, able to lift at least 70lbs,
authorized to work in the US , have a H.S. diploma/GED equivalent as
well as a valid driver’s license and the ability to pass an extensive
background check and drug test.


Select “Apply Now” and then select either Airport Customer Service
Ticket/Gate or Ramp Operations/Baggage Handler.

Job Advice from Derek Johnson

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It’s always interesting to see how entrepreneurs got started. Derek Johnson, the CEO of is one of our favorite entrepreneurs and he was willing to share his story with our readers. I think his tips make a lot of sense, what do you think?

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Jobs in New Orleans

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Slightly older job seekers should check out WorkNOLA.comJobs for New Orleans, A collaboration of many local partners and businesses, offers those looking to move to New Orleans, and those already there, a way to explore and apply for local job openings.

New Orleans is a great place to do well by doing good – we’re going to move down there and we hope that you can join us!

Job Adivce for Teens from the TalentDiva

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Our friend Adrienne Graham is an extraordinary talented Headhunter, Recruiter, Networker who specializes in high level diversity talent on a global scale – and is also passionate about teenage employment. We asked her about her first jobs and she had plenty of advice to share.

MFP: What was your first job as a teenager?
I worked as a Cashier at a store called TSS Seedmans. It was a low budget Target of its day.

MFP: How did you find that first job?
I went in to the store and applied. I lived five blocks from the store. I interviewed one day and started three days later.

MFP: What are some important things to remember when looking for/selecting a job?
Look for jobs that fit your personality. It’s not enough to just want to get a check. You have to really enjoy the work.

MFP: What are some important things to know for the interview, etc.:
Always show up prepared. Interview attire is the number one faux paux that teens make. Regardless of the type of job, you need to always dress your Sunday best. We live in the internet age. Companies expect you to know a little bit about them. Google and do your research. Then prepare about five questions to ask. It shows that you really care about the position your looking for. Finally, always treat everyone you encounter with respect. That Receptionist or Administrative Assistant you ignored or was rude to may be the one who has the hiring manager’s ear.

MFP: How has that job helped you as you grow older?

That first job gave me my first hard lesson on dealing with people. I learned that people will look down on a service/retail worker so it’s up to you to always have a positive attitude and confidence in yourself.

MFP: What piece of advice would you offer somebody looking for a job?

Watch how you conduct yourself online. Recruiters and employers are looking the very places you hang out online for candidates. Don’t show things you wouldn’t show your parents. Take advantage of the internet and gather as much competitive intelligence as you can before going on interviews. Have a professional prepare your resume. They may be able to craft it in a way that showcases all of your best attributes. And find an adult to help you with mock interviews. This gives you practice and allows you to correct your weak areas before you interview.

Be Mindful Of Online Consequences

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Discussing the safety of girl scouts selling cookies online reminded me that we haven’t discussed the safety of kids and teens doing anything online recently – which couldn’t be important for or families – so I wanted to pass on a few tips for parents from Craig Peters, whose company, CKP Creative advises consumer companies on Web site and social networking strategies, from an interview with Dom Giordano in the Philadelphia Bulletin.

Craig says, “A couple of rules are important, particularly for younger kids: (1) Keep the computer in a common family area, not in the child’s room. (2) Be trusting. Sure, you can install monitoring software or other restrictive tools, but your kid will get around it in 10 seconds, and you’ll have lost a bond of trust. (3) Be involved. Get online. Set up a Facebook profile. Start Twittering. Get a feel for what this stuff is all about. (4) Talk to your kids. When relevant articles hit the news, talk to them about it. (Do a Google search for “sexting” and look what comes up.) Talk to them about how actions have consequences — and that being online can amplify those consequences.”

I think these are great tips for parents (and their kids), what are other things you are doing to keep your kids safe online?

Gap in Posts

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Sorry for the lack of posts recently! I know that we’ve been bad about updating the blog, but I promise we’re going to be better from now on. We’re currently switching our blogging platform, and as soon as we’re done moving our old blog posts over – we’ll start writing again. In the meantime, check out our twitter feed for updates.

Neat Recognition for and Austin

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I was recently named one of the The Top 101 Emerging Connectors in Philadelphia by Leadership Philadelphia. Pretty neat huh?

All that work Ive been doing to find jobs to post on this site has led me to meet a lot of neat people.


Sen. Obama’s First Job

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When Sen. Obama was in high school he scooped Ice Cream at Baskin Robbins. He understands some of the difficulties of working in food service, he said, “Girls would come in. Youd be trying to talk to them. They wouldnt give you the time of day because you were in this cap.”

But his experience also helped him gained experience for his run for the Presidency. He said, “”I was making maybe a hundred dollars a week or something and they were still taking all this money out. I thought, man, thats the payroll tax. So its already regressive. I dont want to raise the income tax on people who are not making a lot of money already.”

How did you spend your summer?

For video of Sen. Obama speaking about his first job click here.

Where Are Teens Shopping?

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Michael Grynbaum wrote an article in todays Times that said, “Retail Sales Weakest in 5 Months.”

The article continued, “Wednesday’s retail sales report was the latest sign of weak spending habits in July. In privately tracked sales figures released last week, many name-brand department stores and clothing outlets reported significant declines in sales at stores that have been open at least a year.

Saks, Kohl’s, J.C. Penney and Target all reported sales declines, along with Gap and other popular apparel brands.

Americans seemed to be shifting their shopping habits to wholesale clubs and discount outlets, although even the big-box stores are seeing signs of a slowdown. Sales at Wal-Mart in July rose but failed to match expectations, a surprising show of weakness for the discount behemoth, which also said its business would worsen in August. Wal-Mart also said that shopping patterns indicated that more customers were living paycheck to paycheck.”

and also, “The weak labor market, which has played a big role in the cutback in consumer spending, has shown few signs of improvement. New claims for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level in six years, according to the Labor Department. New applications rose by a seasonally adjusted 7,000 to 455,000 for the week ended Aug. 2.”

And you know when its bad for everybody, its worse for teens.

Philly Startup Leaders

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Woo-hoo Philly Startup Leaders!

This is a great group started by Blake Janelle and a few of us other young local entrepreneurs who are interested in helping each other out, and creating a better community for tech companies and start ups, like MyFirstPaycheck | Jobs for Teens here in Philadelphia.

I’ve been working with Blake and others on this for a few months, and I’m very excited about our progress, and our potential. Please let me know if you are interested in getting involved. Crippling Newspapers?

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Alan Mutter, a Media-technology consultant, wrote about MyFirstPaycheck | Jobs for Teens in his recent white paper about the newspaper industry. He used MyFirstPaycheck | Jobs for Teens as an example of how the help wanted market is developing to meet niches. This is not good for newspapers, but very good for us.

I’d like to point out that I’m a huge newspaper person, and am not celebrating the end of newspapers. Rather, I am highlighting this white paper (and our mention in it) to illustrate the little things that newspapers could be doing now to change their fortunes.

If there are any newspapermen who are interested in chatting about Alan’s paper, or teen viewers, shoot me an email.

I’m looking at you Brian Tierney.

Alan wrote, “MyFirstPaycheck.Com not only helps teens find their first jobs but also shows them how to write a resume and tells them what to expect in an interview. If you are retiring from the Navy, you can post your skills and career goals at NavyLeague.Org, where employers will seek you out. ” Alan writes, in an industry that Peter Zollman, the founder of the Classified Intelligence consulting group, conservatively estimated sold some $3.5 billion in recruitment ads in 2007 by the conservative estimate by such online entities as Monster, Hot Jobs, Dice, Ladders, 6FigureJobs, Craigs List (which charges a modest fee for help-wanted ads in the largest metro markets) and scores of tiny sites like GasWork.Com, which specializes in positions for anesthesiologists.

Alan adds that Gordon Borrell, who heads a research firm bearing his name, believes the total online expenditure for recruitment last year was a much larger $6.7 billion. His estimate includes not only money spent on sites ranging from Monster to Gas Work but also the funds that corporations spend on the recruitment environments they build on their own websites.

Alan D. Mutter is the former CEO of three Silicon Valley companies involved in online media technology and broadband media delivery; the former COO of a national cable television company with more than $200 million in annual sales, and a former editor who led the newsrooms of the Chicago Sun-Times and San Francisco Chronicle during periods of record-high circulation at both newspapers.

He has consulted on media, technology and mobile strategies for Texas Pacific Group, the Sun-Times Media Group, the Fox Television Network Affiliate Board, BASF and Kyocera. He devotes significant time to investing in and advising private companies delivering Media 3.0 content and advertising solutions. He has lectured at Northwestern and Arizona State Universities and publishes a widely quoted online commentary on the technological developments challenging the traditional media. His blog, “Reflections of a Newsosaur,” is at

On the Internet, It’s All About “My”

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People generally feel pretty strongly about the domain name, – they either love it or hate it. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it (I actually bought it when I was 16) and the lovers far outweigh the haters so were sticking with it, but it’s an interesting issue to revisit every once in a while.

This Sunday, The New York Times published an article about My Domain names, David Browne wrote, “the Web is awash in sites that begin with that most personal of pronouns, and not simply MySpace. A few quick clicks will connect you to MyCoke and My IBM even MyClick, a mobile-phone marketing company. Collectively, they amount to a new world of Web sites designed to imply a one-on-one connection with a corporation or large business.”

They don’t mention, but they could have.

The article continues, “The rise of sites with the ‘my’ prefix is an outgrowth of an increasingly customized world of technology, such as the iPod and TiVo.”

The article continues, “We all want to be individuals and this brand will help you express your individuality,” said Nick Bartle, a director of behavioral planning at the advertising agency BBDO. “These ‘my’ Web sites are the logical extension of that strategy.”

But they illustrate how corporations are striving to show that they can be as intimately connected to their customers as in-vogue social networking sites. They’re not just impersonal businesses; they are your close, intimate friends.”

I like to think of as a friendly company, do you think its working? in the News!

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Frankie Darcell from Mix 92.3 in Detroit interviewed me Friday about teens jobs for her radio show.

Frankie Darcell is mother, lecturer, businesswoman, author, talk show host and one of metropolitan Detroits most prominent radio personalities. She has been spokeswoman for women tackling real issues, while combining lively listener interaction along with Detroits strongest songs, for a great ride home, when she worked for WJLB FM 98.

She is very concerned about the lack of jobs in Michigan, and is looking for ways to help. She realized that is a great resource for teens (and business owners) and we really appreciated the shout-out, thanks again Frankie!

Our great resume builder was also written about on Jim Strouds site, The Recruiters Lounge, a blog that explores the wacky world of employment with articles, podcasts, comics, videos and more. It looks great.

We always appreciate a nice write-up and are happy to be talk about, summer jobs, teenage employment, or just teens in general. If you are a reporter looking for a good story, or a good source, feel free to send me an email.

Why Teens Aren’t Finding Jobs, and Why Employers Are Paying

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Here is an article about the declining number of teenagers in the workforce, and some of the possible factors behind it.

Interesting piece, but it starts, “What do Warren Buffett, Walt Disney and Ross Perot all have in common? Besides being iconic American businessmen, all three have “newspaper carrier” on their boyhood resumes. But don’t bother looking for leaders of tomorrows corporate America to be walking down your block at dawn: Your newspaper carrier today is most likely an adult in a car.

As recently as 1990, nearly 70% of newspaper carriers in the U.S. were teens. But that number dropped to 18% in 2004, and more declines are likely, according to Robert Rubrecht, director of circulation and marketing at the Newspaper Association of America.”Its an evolutionary process,” he says.”

A terrible example of the declining number of teens working, but interesting stuff at the end about private/public partnerships in Boston

Why Are Teens Working Less?

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From a MarketWatch Article by Ruth Mantell – “New data indicates that last years labor-force participation rate for 16- to 19-year-olds hit 41.3% — down from a peak of 57.9% in 1979, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Experts cite increasing competition for jobs, as well as low wages and high pressure for college admittance as factors keeping kids out of the labor pool.”

The article continues, “In 2006, the typical earnings of more than half of working older teenagers were less than $200 per week, according to BLS. With wages like these, even parents see that extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs can be better options to help kids prepare for their future, Goodman says.”

I think that teens can participate in sports and clubs and hold down jobs, and I think that there are a lot of benefits from working… but there is something to be said about the decision between making a choice between playing a sport and making less than $200 a week. Although most teens (and parents) I know would be happy to have an extra $800 in their pocket, the statistics show that the percentage of teens participating in the labor force is going down.

Teens want to work, they just dont know how to find jobs, and how to apply for them. This is where | Jobs for Teenagers can help, but it also requires the understanding and effort of hiring managers.
It might take a little more effort to hire a teen, but the long term benefit is immeasurable.

Why do you think teens are working less?

Where Are The Snow Shovelers?

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It hasn’t snowed yet here in Philadelphia, but when it does, are you going to be ready to shovel?

Florence Shay writes, “What happened to all the youngsters carrying snow shovels who would ring the bell to ask whether you wanted your driveway cleared? I haven’t seen one in years. Did the snow-blower make the entrepreneur obsolete? I’d love to see a team of young shovelers when the snow is less that 4″ deep. True, my husband goes out with the shovel (snow blowers are for sissies) and does the job, feeling empowered by his success.”

Neil Steinberg writes in the Sun-Times, about the likelihood of teens asking to shovel his driveway, “In my dreams. The odds of something like that actually happening are about the same as Jessica Alba stopping by to read the meter. All the youngsters in my — well, it isn’t so leafy of late — snowy suburban paradise are so stuffed with cash from their over-indulgent parents that the last thing they need to do is stir from the sofa and go out into the cold to earn a little folding money.”

I’m looking at you Chicago area teens…