By Kristin Zodrow, TSB
Six job applications, a few interviews, zero jobs.
It is the same story over and over for teens seeking summer work. “We don’t hire seasonal employees” or “We are looking for more experience” or often the “We just aren’t hiring” seem to only be getting more common for this age group.
According to a recent Dallas Morning News story and figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the fifth consecutive year in which the national unemployment rate among teens is above 20 percent. While this rate was lower for teens in Texas last year, it still is far bigger than the 7.6 percent national unemployment rate among all age levels.
This leaves teens jobless or potentially working in a position they only chose out of necessity. However, some local teens have decided to defy these statistics and create businesses of their own.
This summer, 19-year-old Gabby Vannozzi opened All Good Things, an online boutique that directly benefits impoverished women in Nepal, to “add some joy to the world” through sustainable business.
“I did some research and it grew from there,” Vannozzi said. “I came up with the idea of how cool it would be to purchase things that only had a cause attached to them. I decided to just take it and run with it.”
Vannozzi is an apparel studies major at the University of Arkansas. Owning her business allows her to gain the experience she wouldn’t get from just any job.
“This is like an exercise,” she said. “This will be good to know how everything works and also create some good in the world at the same time. It is difficult to choose my suppliers. It takes a lot of research. I first look for if the company follows my mission. Most of the causes are women in third world countries and it supports them to get them out of poverty.”
Others have also seen the benefit in using a specific skill set to start a business. Dylan Nguyen, 18, has been tutoring one on one with students at the preschool to the high school level for about a year now.
“As a teenager, it is hard to find a job that matches your own strengths,” Nguyen said. “I wanted a job that I could enjoy that still utilized my talents. After volunteering as a tutor at Evans Middle School and helping out classmates with homework, I realized I enjoyed tutoring and wanted to turn it into a business. I like to think that I can offer a more personal, client-focused learning environment that maximizes progress.”
Visit the All Good Things website here or contact Dylan Nguyen at 214-504-6074 to learn more.