There are summer jobs available in the city if you are between 12 and 24 years old. Some employers have raised the hourly pay, and some offer sign-on bonuses. Here are a few open positions you should apply for right away:
The Kensington Soccer Club’s Work Ready summer program sends teens several days a week to local summer camps, to teach the campers soccer, and the value of exercise and teamwork. The program goes for six weeks, from early July to mid-August; teens commit to 20 hours a week. In addition to coaching, there will be career-readiness and college-readiness activities.
To apply or express an interest in this program please contact email@example.com or call (267) 536-2717.
Pay: $11 per hour
PlayStreets is a summer program that helps teens support communities, operated by Fab Youth Philly. If you are between 15 and 19 years old, you can get hired as a play captain from July through August to oversee sections of the city that are blocked off to traffic and designated as PlayStreets. Click here for more information.
Pay: $16.00 per hour, 35 hours per week (June through August)
You must be 16 or older, complete a screening test, and receive certification to work as a lifeguard with the city.
Pay for ages 14-18 years old: $11 per hour, 20 hours per week (July through August).
Pay for ages 19-24 years old: $13 per hour, 35 hours per week (July through August).
Contact your local recreation center or playground. Find a location by clicking here.
Pay: Intermediate (Wage)
Temple University’s Center for Community Partnership runs a Summer Work Ready program for young people, ages 14 to 18 years old. The program provides youth with opportunities for career exploration and learning about career pathways, while also earning a wage for completing a summer experience. Youth will be matched with companies and non-profit organizations with a specific industry focus on IT (information technology), recreation, community, civic engagement, and/or entrepreneurship.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215) 204-5782.
In addition, check with your high school Guidance Office and ask how they can help with your job search. They may have postings for local businesses, for babysitting or for other part-time positions.
Finding a job is exciting yet overwhelming trying to find the perfect fit for you and your schedule. Thus, we encourage you to ask for help. Speak with teachers, family, coaches, friends, parents of friends—anyone and everyone you can think of—and ask for help. Most jobs are found through referrals, and people you know are often happy to help.
Lastly, The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is a nonprofit organization that provides services for Philly youth and partners with city organizations, like WorkReady, to provide employment opportunities. PYN can help you find a summer job, build a resume, and learn workforce development skills. Click here to get started.