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Opinion: Teens Need More Local Job Options by Gitana McClelland

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Teens who live in small communities find it hard to find jobs. Small towns tend only to have jobs for people who are 18 and older. Teens on reservations tend not to have financial support from their parents that they need. Teens’ parents may not have a car to get them to their job that maybe is half an hour away. It would be nice to be making your own money, even if it’s only a part-time job. 

The problem with kids getting a job is time management. Highschoolers tend to do sports, and they also need time to do their school work. Here in Winnebago, there aren’t many places for teens to get jobs. In the summertime, there’s a summer youth program that provides jobs. They have the option of driving to the city, but they don’t have access to cars. 

In this community, there’s Sweet Water, Dollar General, the Pony Express, and the Library. The age you have to be to get these jobs is eighteen. I don’t believe that’s fair to the kids in high school. I think that the tribal council should lower the age to sixteen, and allow people to let their kids experience getting an actual job.