Age Qualifications for Teen Summer Jobs - Port Richey and Clearwater Area, Florida


Summer Jobs Programs for Youth 2010 - 2016

Hubber carlie h has asked about summer jobs for 13-year-olds and we can provide some information here.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Career Central in Pasco County may have jobs for youth as young as 14 and as old as 24. Thirteen-year-olds and their parents can use the contact information below to learn whether any exceptions can be made for 13-year-olds. Most jobs are already filled by mid-June, but sometimes youth quit and need to be replaced from someone on a waiting list. If you cannot be placed onto the waiting list, sign up early for 2010 and each additional summer until you are 24 years old in some cases.

Many teens and pre-teens want to find a job for the summer to earn spending money, to save for a special purchase or for college, to use for clothes and supplies for the new school year coming up, or to help out their families. Others want to work to have a feeling of independence and to start building a resume early. They may have instruction during the school year in work readiness classes to help them prepare for the world of work.

Most summer jobs require youth to be at least 14 years old in order to work legallly. The exceptions may be:

  • Family owned businesses (owned by the youth's own family), and
  • Summer job programs sponsored by the local Workforce Development Board. These summer programs were operated by then nation's Private Industry Councils and a few of them are still open for business, helping youth and adults find jobs. Still, the lower age limit maybe 14.

Contact Information for possible jobs in Port Richey and New Port Richey:

There may not be any jobs at all for youth and especially aged 13 at the end of June, but you can have your parents call or email and ask.

Private Industry Council of Pasco County Inc

  • 709 S Us Highway 98 Bypass; Dade City, FL 33523; (352) 521-1261

The 2009 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

Port Richey City Office (sometimes cities run summer programs for youth)

  • (727) 816-1900

Port Richey is a little over two miles away from New Port Richey and East Port Richey.

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Other jobs for 13 year olds include Volunteer Jobs and you may be able to use volunteer hours to fulfill a high school graduation requirement.

Other Jobs Available, Including Volunteers

Other jobs for 13-year-olds include Volunteer Jobs and you may be able to use volunteer hours to fulfill a high school graduation requirement. In other words, you probably have to work a certain number of volunteer hours in order to receive your high school diploma.

Some schools will accept hours earned the summer before 9th grade. Check our local high school requirements.

Look for volunteer jobs i your local newspaper ads and on

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At the age of 13, some youth can make money in the following ways:

  • Newspaper route weekly or daily
  • Delivering weekly ads door-to-door
  • Lawn mowing and yard work
  • Running Errands
  • Housecleaning
  • Babysitting - The YMCA/YWCA often offer training and certification classed for youth babysitters.
  • Dog walking and pet sitting
  • Recycling - glass or plastic bottles and cans.

Have your parents help you find out what type of work is legal for you to do in your city and consider placing a Want Ad in your local newspaper, advertising your services - dog walking or babysitting, perhaps. Pass out flyers in your neighborhood, if it is safe and legal to do so and your parents agree. Your parents will need to help you screen the calls and email replies if you list your email address. Do not go to meet anyone you don't know alone, only with your parents.

Some youth start their own businesses when they come up with a good idea about a service that is needed in the community and not met by anyone else. That is another option.

Best of success to you!


Teen Job Resources Across the Country

No matter where you are in the country, call your country and city offices and ask about 1) stimulus jobs for teenagers and 2) work-related summer classes that pay teens a stipend (tax-free dollars) to attend. Any of these programs often run through mid-August and some are extended to the end of August, if funding is available.

Dropouts often can be replaced from a waiting list. Call now and call early for summer 2010 and each new summer season.

Comparisons with Adult Job Listings

Adult jobs in the Port Richey - New Port Richey area number usually about 24,000 openings, full-time and part-time. Most of listed are these:

  1. Salespeople
  2. Dental Assistants
  3. Store Managers and Assistant Mangers
  4. Phlebotomists
  5. Home Health Care Clinicians
  6. Physical and Occupational Therapists
  7. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  8. Medical Sales Reps
  9. Physicians
  10. Seasonal Customer Service Representatives

Often, in times of recession, as in the Recession of 2008-10, adults and youth compete for the same jobs. However, this is likely not true for the jobs listed above, except in the case for some part-time summer sales and service rep positions, for which youth would likely need to be at least 16 years old.

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Compzone08 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information

Tony 7 years ago

Great idea to put this together, especially in this time of mass unemployment.

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melshomecorner 7 years ago from Mississippi

This was a helpful hub. I have a 15 year old who wants a summer job. It is really hard for him to find one. It seems more and more older people are forced to take jobs teens used to get for the summer. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and facts .

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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for reading, everyone!

I hope this helps, because I think there are a lot of youth ages 12 - early 20s that are trying to find work to help support their families, and to have clothing for school in the fall. 

Our city lost it's large youth summer jobs programs that had run for decades, in the early 2000s and at some 2000 families felt devastated by this loss.

Sometimes churches have small summer job programs, also recreation centers, colleges and universities - it all depends on grant funding. Sometimes the kids can be paid a stipend instead of wages and it's not taxable.

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Sandyspider 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Interesting read. 6 years ago

Wow this hub is packed full of great information for teens, thanks for sharing!

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ccdursina 6 years ago from Spring Green WI

Thank you this is great info!

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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Readers! -- Please alert us to additional links for 2010, especially updates. Thanks!

Earnest Right 6 years ago

Great idea to put this together, especially in this time of mass unemployment.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Remember to apply for summer jobs before the end of March. Visit Teen Job Fairs at school and community centers. April may bring another round of possibilities.

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