Summer Job

Elliot in 2016

I’ve been on ministry assignment for the Estes Park Leadership Training program four times in the last six years. And three out of those four summers have coincided with one of our kids being 14 years of age. Amazingly, 14 years of age also happens to be the age at which people can be legally employed at the YMCA of the Rockies. So all three kids have ended up having the same summer job as a first job.

Olivia in 2019

It’s worked out quite well for our family. The kids can provide their own transportation to work (walking). They get scheduled for a two and a half days (20 hours) per week, which is perfect for a first job. And because of Colorado’s minimum wage laws, they get paid quite generously for their labor ($12.56 per hour).

Cor's First Day of Work at the YMCA of the Rockies
Cor in 2022

All three kids have chosen to work in the YMCA of the Rockies’ Housekeeping Department. In this job, they swap out the linens in guest rooms and make the beds. They vacuum the carpets, scrub the toilets, and so on. They’re given real responsibility, but also support — working with a crew of other housekeepers. I love the way that this position teaches them valuable life skills. Cleaning, of course, but also in communicating and working hard.

I’m so glad things have worked out this way. It wasn’t intentional. Still, it’s been a strategic step in my kids growing up. I’m thankful for how this summer job has worked out for all three kids over the years.

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