Every summer, the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut employs hundreds of teenagers as part of its summer jobs program. And, this summer, they're adding another 88 teenagers to their ranks. That means, altogether, nearly 750 teenagers have gotten jobs through the city. They're working in hair salons, smoothie restaurants, summer camps, and for the city's conservation program.
Some of these teens will be planting trees, or going door-to-door offering residents free rain barrels. Aside from the environmental benefit, the idea is to give them a sense of community and responsibility.