summer opportunities for teens

Great jobs and volunteer opportunities are not so easy to come by for teens, but we are here to help! We have done the legwork for you and found a few opportunities for your teens.  For kids who are perhaps too old for summer camp but old enough to be productive citizens over the course of a three-month break, summer is an opportune time for them to experience the rite of passage that is a summer job. Not sure what your teen can tackle?

Here are some great ideas:

Camp Counselor: If your teen enjoys the camp experience, likes to work as part of a team and be a leader and role model to younger children, working as a camp counselor might be right up their alley. {And it’s a lot of fun, too!}

Babysitter: Mature, responsible, patient teens are perfect candidates for babysitting. Not just for date nights, babysitting gigs during the summer are a nice source of income and a great help to working parents.

Tutor: If your teen enjoys working with kids and excels in a particular school subject matter, tutoring over the summer is a great fit.

Entrepreneur: Have your teen start their own summer business, such as washing friends’ and neighbors’ cars, helping with errands or gardening, etc. Think “Shark Tank” for kids.

Lifeguard: This requires some planning ahead, but if your teen is an excellent swimmer, this may be a fun, challenging and rewarding summer job. There are minimum age and certification requirements.

Intern: If your teen is interested in exploring a particular career, now’s the time to research local internship opportunities. Ask friends and family if they can connect your child with an employer to get the ball rolling.

Grocery Store Positions: This can be a great introduction to the world of employment. For many teens, working in a grocery store provides the start to a career in management. For others, grocery jobs help develop a responsible work ethic that will follow them throughout their lives.


Paying jobs:

Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces:

  • Must be at least 17 years old and be able to work days, nights, holidays, and weekends on a varied work schedule. Three months of academic, volunteer or work experience involving customer contact, recreation, or general labor is preferred.
  • All applicants selected for these positions will be required to successfully complete a drug/alcohol screening and criminal background check prior to employment. For more information in reference to summer employment with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department, please visit

TLC Family Care:

  • We are looking for some experienced babysitters who can work during the day and some evenings. If your teen is at least 18 years or older and has references from other families, TLC is hiring! Please visit our website at for more information.

Volunteer positions:

Minds of Tomorrow
Kamilah Chajin or (954) 812 – 3110

  • We are looking for Mentors in Training at our studios in Little Haiti and Key Biscayne. It is for community service hours with the potential of growing with the company.
  • Creative Counselors (Mentors in Training) are our teacher assistants, our TA’s.
  • Ideal candidates are high-school juniors and seniors. You have an interest in teaching kids and want to be part of a new education, after-school start up! A passion and skill set in technology, engineering, design, media and architecture disciplines.
  • This is a part time job and programs run all week long.
  • Camp hours are June 7th to August 14th, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Receive community service hours (50 hours a week).

Here’s to a happy and productive summer!