When 16-year-old Jada Faulks saw counselor positions listed for the Marietta (Ga.) Police Athletic League summer day camp, it seemed a natural fit.
“I am around kids 24/7,” at home, church and in 4-H programs, she said. She chose it during a job fair organized by WorkSource Cobb.
“It’s close to where I live and seemed the most fun,” Faulks said. She plans to save half the money she makes for college, half for a car.
Summer jobs can be a way for young workers to pick up not only cash but life skills, said fellow camp counselor Ethan Sandhagen.
His three summers working at the Police Athletic League gave him spending money and more. After this year’s camp, the 23-year-old Kennesaw State University graduate will head home to Statesboro, Ga., to teach elementary school.
“It’s been really helpful to get me more comfortable around kids,” he said.
Of course, the summer influx of workers doesn’t just help those who land jobs. It helps businesses, too, particularly this year.
Companies across the country from restaurants to chicken processors have reported problems staffing up.
Jaime Hoefling, who co-owns several fast-food restaurants, said he’s having trouble finding workers. His Moe’s Southwest Grill in Newnan, Ga., which should have 25 workers, is down to nine. He’s relying on paying overtime to keep the restaurant staffed.
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