May 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm
by Celia Shatzman
If your kids still haven’t nailed down summer gigs, it’s not just them. Turns out only one in four teens will nab a job this season, according to research by Northeastern University, making it the lowest youth employment rate since World War II. Yikes! But there’s no need to panic—kids can still get great work experience by volunteering. Tell them to sign up for jumo.com, a new social networking site from a co-founder of Facebook that connects people with causes they care about. Your kids can find community projects in their area based on their interests. Though they won’t be getting a paycheck, they’ll gain many of the same skills as their hired peers, plus they’ll learn how nonprofits work, and make a difference.
Was your kid was lucky enough to land a job? Check out our “6 Solutions for Teen Job Problems” story from our May issue.