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post #1 of 27
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I need help!! I'm 13 and the working age is 14. I need a place to work or volunteer!!!

I babysit, and I would love to find babysitting jobs as well. (I love taking care of kids, its my favorite hobby--but I like the money too! lol) I was going to put up signs for people who need a babysitter. When school season starts, I'm going to put one up in a nearbye preschool and possibly a daycare. But my mom (and I) dont think its that safe to do that in places rather than that.

Any suggestions on where and how I can get a job (or volunteer ours for National Honor Society)?????
post #2 of 27
Well I would suggest calling some local places. ALOT of times, like dog kennels, and humane society's are searching for volunteers to help out. That'd be great for you.
Otherwise, putting of signs for baby-sitting isnt that bad. I'd say at the library, or a small grocery store would be simple enough.
I know I always take the phone numbers just in case I'm ever in need of an emergency baby-sitter. I have yet to call any of them, and they would need to go through an extensive interview by me, and I'm afriad I'd scare them off.
BUT--It's worth a try. ALSO-do you live near a hospital? They are always searching for volunteers too.
AND do you live near any farms? They could always use some help too. They'd pay you good too. That's what my little brother does. He's got 3 different farm jobs, and can pretty much show up to help whenever he likes to. He's been doing it ever scince he was 13, and now he's 17, and makes enough money as if he was working a full-time job. Farmers always need some extra hands.
post #3 of 27
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get out there as a babysitter. If you're good, word will spread!
post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by lilleah View Post
Well I would suggest calling some local places. ALOT of times, like dog kennels, and humane society's are searching for volunteers to help out. That'd be great for you.
Otherwise, putting of signs for baby-sitting isnt that bad. I'd say at the library, or a small grocery store would be simple enough.
I know I always take the phone numbers just in case I'm ever in need of an emergency baby-sitter. I have yet to call any of them, and they would need to go through an extensive interview by me, and I'm afriad I'd scare them off.
BUT--It's worth a try. ALSO-do you live near a hospital? They are always searching for volunteers too.
AND do you live near any farms? They could always use some help too. They'd pay you good too. That's what my little brother does. He's got 3 different farm jobs, and can pretty much show up to help whenever he likes to. He's been doing it ever scince he was 13, and now he's 17, and makes enough money as if he was working a full-time job. Farmers always need some extra hands.
Actually, I have already called the Shelter where I got Willie(they are desperate for volunteers) and they want me to be 16--i dont understand..if they need volunteers, they should take them when they get the chance

I have also called the Leage ForAnimal Protection in the area--they dont want me either

I called the local Nursing Home, and the local Library.--No Luck

I'll keep trying...but theres no farms anywhere near by (unless 45 minutes counts)

Thanks

P.S. LoveMyBabies--thats what im always trying to do!!

Thanks so much
post #5 of 27
You could also do "odd jobs" for people in your neighborhood - rake leaves, do laundry, help with projects, etc.

For legal and insurance purposes most places will not be willing to have you there if you are under 16. Your best bet is do get odd jobs like that, as well as babysitting.

Good Luck, but also please try to remember that you are going to probably work in one way or another for the rest of your life, try to enjoy things a bit now.
post #6 of 27
I agree about the odd job and babysitting thing.. there isn't many (if any, to be honest) places that will hire you at 13.. I got my first job at 15, and a lot of the places I applied for required that you be 16 (and I had to work with people at least 16 and older since I was 15). I'm 17 now, and some places require me to be at least 18. I'm not sure about the volunteering.. I volunteered when I was younger, but I went with older relatives, so my age didn't really matter. Anyways.. good luck.
post #7 of 27
I do believe that it is tough to find a job at 13 (or a decent one). I'm 16 and remember when I was dying to find something to do to make some money and get involved. I suggest babysitting (as already mentioned, it's best through word, if you babysit for someone regularely mention that you'd like it if they told their friends). You could probably try to find a volunteer job around somewhere (I know there's lots around here); you'll be surprised at how many places take volunteers! A local pool, library, or hospital would probably be your best bets. My friend volunteered for a summer at a pool snack shack and enjoyed it very much.

Then again, you could always talk to your parents about getting an allowance for helping out around the house, doing simple tasks. That way you don't have a huge responsibilty of a job yet, and you still get to make some money.

Whatever you decide though, good luck!
post #8 of 27
Sometimes rec departments or summer camps like to have volunteer junior counselors. Or if you know anything about sports you could be a junior coach. If it's mostly about getting hours for National Honor Society. I seem to remember the nursing home in our town really wanted people to just come read to the residents there, or write letters for them. Maybe you could teach people at the nursing home how to use the Internet, LOL!
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Willie'sLove View Post
Actually, I have already called the Shelter where I got Willie(they are desperate for volunteers) and they want me to be 16--i dont understand..if they need volunteers, they should take them when they get the chance
They usually say 16 and up.. because they think that they are more mature and will work better.
Which isn't really true. I have had 12 year old kids that work better, and are more dependant than adults.
Sometimes I gotta remind them that the cleaning comes first, then they can pet the cats.. but the cats are everywhere, so it can be hard to get a day done without picking up one and taking a small break.
post #10 of 27
There is no way you will find a job, unless your family suddenly buys it's own business, such as a farm

The hospital where I work has several middle schoolers who volunteer. They do most of their volunteering up on the Pediatric floor and various other odd jobs. They seem to love it, and the patients love it as well. I highly recommend contacting a local hospital and seeing if they take on middle school age kids.
post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
Yay Yay!!!

I talked to my neighbor who works at a preschool and she is going to spread my name around.

And the best part is...I called the Kiddie Acadamy about 5 minutes away..and you have to be 18 to work there....
but (most likely)im gonna be abel to volunteer(she just has to talk to the manager) and I have to call back on Monday to see and then I have a fun thing to do with my bring life!!!!!!!!!!

And if I get to know the cuties there, maybe their parents will ask me to BABYSITT!!!!!
post #12 of 27
I got a job at as a buser when i was 14. What type of jobs ar eyou allowed to have?
post #13 of 27
ahh, i wish i was that young again!
I'm looking for a full time job that pays well! Thats even harder! I mean i'm 20 and some of the jobs here wont take me because they've had bad experience with young people!!!
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
Good luck finding a full time job, fwan. I wish I could give you advice, but I cant!!

What kind of jobs am I allowed to have? You mean that my parents allow? Anything. As long as its not too far away so they dont have to drive. My mom said that I could take the bus to this new place that might except me, but I still have to convince my dad.

Public transportation is...you know public transportation..a lot of "gangsta" or dirtbags. But i would only be traveling about 5 minutes, and its a very nice area, so it would be fine. I asume I could even ride my bik, although ill be riding on a very main road, and i will be crossing a very main road!!

Thanks for all the help, guys!! Only 2 days until I find out if I can volunteer at that place!! Wish me luck!!
post #15 of 27
I don't know where you live, but when I was 13 (in the SF Bay Area- East Bay), I was a volunteer at a wild animal rescue. I prepped food and cleaned out cages and walked the ferrets (Freddie... sheesh, he loved to climb trees... the little brat). I was a volunteer there all through my 8th grade year. They wanted younger kids, under working age. It was good experience and a lot of fun (ferrets... woohoo!). i fed the resident raccoon among many others. I didn't go near the reptile room though. Especially when the cages were opening and closing for feedings and cleanings.

Check with the local park and recreation district. They may have volunteer openings for younger teens. Also, when you get to school, if there's a guidance office, ask them. They should be able to help. My feeling is that some programs and businesses won't take individual kids, but under a blanket program, city-wide or county-wide, they're more willing. Talk to a guidance counselor, if there's one at your school.
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Willie'sLove View Post
Wish me luck!!
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Good vibes on the Way! Good luck my friend!
post #17 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!! Unfortunately, I don't have any zoos or parks nearby!! I live on Long Island, New York!

Thanks for the luck!!

Only 1 more day!
post #18 of 27
why dont you try a paper round i had one but gave it up (had to work before 7 cant do it lol)
you can get a morning one
or if you are like me get one of the chronicals that you just do onces a week at like 5 ish
post #19 of 27
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Me? Get up at 5 oclock in the morning? I dont THINK so...

You can do it for me if you want...But I'll wake up a little later..thanks.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Willie'sLove View Post
Me? Get up at 5 oclock in the morning? I dont THINK so...

You can do it for me if you want...But I'll wake up a little later..thanks.

Well then there we go. There is one reason most places look for 16 or older. Waking up at 4:30 am..Is my responsibilty. So I do it. It's mandatory for me.

I think the paper route job is worth looking into. It's a great idea.
You CAN wake up at 5 am. It's possible. I never thought I'd be able to wake up as early as I do for my job, but I do. And I got used to it.
post #21 of 27
In 7th, 8th and 9th grade I got up at 3:30 every morning to do my paper route. But I made really good tips!

But I really think the OP is into doing a volunteer-type thing, for National Honor Society (kudos on that, btw), rather than just finding a job to make money.
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
I guess I could get up a little early... But you see, In my town and area, I think theres just trucks that deliver the paper!. I will look into it though.

How would I get the job? Through the town hall?

I'm gonna call today to find out if I get to babysit!

Wish me lots of luck!!! I'll post letting you all know whats going on!
post #23 of 27
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Guess what guys?!!!!!! I got the job!! for volunteering that is!!!

NOW I just need to get my parents to either

LET ME TAKE THE BUS (my mom said ok but I guess my dad just thinks im gonna get stolen by the odd people)

or

Let me ride my bike (its 1 3/4 miles on main road--and you have to cross this realllllly main road that my mom doesn't like)

or
Just simply get them to drive me

Any ideas?

You don't no how important this is to me. I mean, as soon as I woke up, I called (im looking forward to doing this soooooo much because kids are like my favorite thing--thats why I have absolutely no problem with doing it for free!
post #24 of 27
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I got my mom to drive me!!!

Yay!!!

Now, tommorrow, im gonna go ina dnfill out the paper work, and GET FINGERPRINTED(its their policy to make sure anyone working with the kids has no criminal backround-yeah because im 13, im not a murderer)

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #25 of 27
Congrats! I love kids as well, so I can imagine that you must be quite happy.
If you're ever looking for a job that pays, the paper route sounds like a good idea (though around here they don't have kids deliever anymore, trucks do it). Getting up early is just something that goes with a job and maybe you just don't want one that badly (and that's fine, you have plenty of time).

I had to get up at 5am to go babysit for a diet club my friend's mom belongs to, thought I wouldn't be able to do it. But the pay was good (25$ for the hour/hour and a half) and it was in the morning so I had my whole saturday, so I agreed. And it's great, as even now I still do it most Saturdays.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by russian_blue_kitten View Post
I had to get up at 5am to go babysit for a diet club my friend's mom belongs to, thought I wouldn't be able to do it. But the pay was good (25$ for the hour/hour and a half) and it was in the morning so I had my whole saturday, so I agreed. And it's great, as even now I still do it most Saturdays.
You know, that's really a good idea, you could do a sideline with something like that - with the kids from the place you've found, maybe. Also, sometimes families want a nanny for the summer, and a good place to find one is there at their childcare center. (Although you wouldn't be be able to take them anyplace much, LOL.) Anyway, best of luck!!
post #27 of 27
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Actually, I WOULD get up at 5:00 in the morning if I had to.

But because I found the day care job, (or thought I would probably find it), I figured getting up wouldn't be neccessary. The trucks drop them off in my area. And I was talking to my stepdad. He realized that there would be no way that my mom would drive me to pick up my papers in the morning!!

Thanks guys for all the help. I have to get tested for a few things, and then I'm ready to start the job!! I'm so excited to be called Miss Julia!!
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