Summer fun & jobs for teens


Y poster promoting its teen summer initiative

Teens of Los Angeles just got more options to have some clean fun this summer, even jobs. Maybe parents now will get some piece of mind.

The Y, also known as the YMCA, is offering free memberships for youths ages 12 through 17 years for the months of June and July through the Get Summer Teen Initiative. That means they can enjoy swimming, play basketball and have access to a gym.

The Y also has stuff for the mind.  College readiness classes, leadership development and other activities of an intellectual nature are also part of its youth programs.

Get Summer is a partnership between the Y, the City and County of L.A. and the L.A. school district.

Get Summer partners at press conference in L.A.

Camaraderie is also encouraged. Something popular at many Y locations is Teen Nights, where youths can hang out with friends, have a dinner, shoot baskets, work out and even watch a movie on a big screen.

Food will also part of the Get Summer deal in locations within the Los Angeles Unified School District, a partner in the initiative. “LAUSD will also contribute free meals for kids and teens at YMCAs within its service area,” said Alan. C. Hostrup, head of YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. There are 26 six Y branches in the region.

Some teens can even be able to get part-time jobs through Get Summer, according to Hostrup. He said this was possible through a partnership with the City and County of Los Angeles.


Summer looks brighter for many LA teens

“This incredible community partnership shows what is possible when we come together to support our young people,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “For the first time, thousands of teenagers can take pilates classes, use the pool, and shoot hoops at no cost to their families. High school students can work with tutors at the Y to master all those algebra equations that can be forgotten over summer break. And if a young person is more interested in work experience than workouts, the YMCA is once again answering my call to connect our young people to job opportunities.”

The arrival of summer can be stressful for families whose teenagers end up with too much free time in their hands. Some parents can now breath a little easier knowing their children will have something entertaining to do and even the chance to work and make a few bucks.

Signing up for Get Summer can be done in person at any Y location. Teens must be accompanied by an adult and bring a photo ID from school or the state of California; consulate matriculas and international passports are also accepted.  To find a Y location near you, visit

Teen seeking jobs can submit applications online at


Author: Cesar Arredondo

Journalist with more than 20 years of experience working for English- and Spanish-language and bilingual news outlets. Winner of three Best of the West Journalism Awards and a recognition from the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

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