Job-seeking for teens is futile

Re: ‘How to get your child off the couch and into a summer job’ (Metro, July 30)

Your article was disappointing and way off the mark. I’ve been a youth worker for approximately 10 years and we’ve fought against a steady decline in the number of summer positions available to teenagers.

If you’d done a little research, you’d have known this. The “follow these steps” tone of your article is setting teenagers, and their parents, up for failure.

Even as our economy tries to recover fully, adults are still give preference in jobs traditionally held by teens, i.e., retail and fast food.

It was especially disappointing to read your article after PBS’ Newshour aired a thoughtful and well-researched piece on teen employment, the benefits and struggles recently.

Tyrome Thomas, via email


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