Tallahassee, located in northern Florida, is the capital of the state and home to more than 180,000 people, as of the 2010 U.S. Census. Of that number, around 17 percent are under the age of 18. Teens in this busy city have the opportunity to put their spare time to good use by volunteering or utilizing one of the work programs in the area.
1. Volunteer Programs
Tallahassee teens will find a variety of volunteer work programs throughout the city. Leon County has a Volunteer Services division that helps people find volunteer opportunities around the area. Teens can also participate in one of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare's programs, such as Animal Therapy. Teens 16 and older can train to begin using their pet as a comfort animal for sick patients. Big Bend Cares needs volunteers from all ethnic and lifestyle backgrounds to lend support to those living with HIV/AIDS, with services including transportation, at-home assistance, and food delivery.
2. Leadership Training Programs
Leadership Tallahassee has a program for high-school teens that aims to prepare them to become future leaders and get them involved and active in their community. In addition, members of the program will have an opportunity to work with local business leaders and receive mentoring. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Tallahassee Branch, also has a program for local teens. The Tallahassee Youth Council and ACT-SO programs train teens in leadership and activism to prepare them to be successful leaders in the future.
3. Summer Jobs Programs
Leon County has a Summer Youth Training Program for teens. Those who participate will earn a paycheck while gaining work experience and learning new skills that can help prepare them for a future career. Teens can choose from jobs in several divisions, including Emergency Medical Services, Parks and Recreation, and Library Services.
Teens in Florida are not required to have a work permit, and according to the National Institutes of Health, teens tend to be satisfied with working and having a job. Parents who allow a teen to work might see such benefits as increased senses of responsibility and confidence, better works skills, and good preparation for college and a career. The downside could include less time for family, friends, and extracurricular activities, or a struggle with grades if too much time is spent working.There are limits to the number of hours minors can work, information which can be found on the website of Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
- Leon Florida's Capital County: Volunteer Services
- Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare: Become a Volunteer
- Big Bend Cares: Volunteers
- Leadership Tallahassee: Youth Leadership Tallahassee
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: The Tallahassee Youth Council and ACT-SO Programs
- Florida Office of Economic Recover: Summer Jobs for Teens and Young Adults
- Leon Florida's Capital County: Summer Youth Training Program
- Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: Division of Regulation Parents and Teens
- US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: The Benefits and Risks of Adolescent Employment
- Family Education: Is Your Teen Ready for a Job?
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