Many adults remember the summer jobs they worked as teenagers. The money they earned is long gone, but the life and work skills that first were developed in that grocery store or on that lifeguard chair, behind a lawnmower or in front of day campers, likely remain to this day.
Hoosier teens can receive those same benefits. The income earned from a summer job likely will be spent quickly, but the skills learned and experience gained can be invested for a lifetime.
— Bill Stanczykiewicz is President & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.