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HVP May 2017

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Page 24 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 25 ® 3206 Rt. 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 561-5227 ORANGEPEDIATRICCARE.COM ORANGE PEDIATRIC CARE, P.C. Looking for Quality, Compassionate, Personalized Pediatric Care? Maria Bernardez, MD - Board Certifi cate, FAAP Pediatrician Time for your Asthma and Allergy check-ups! Favorite HUDSON VALLEY PARENT Healthcare Professionals & 2016 cult these days for high schoolers to land a summer job, every county in the Hudson Valley runs a Summer Youth Employment Program for teenagers from families with low or moderate incomes. "Teens who meet the require- ments, like if their family receives SNAP benefits or their family's income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line, can get a paid five-week summer job," she says. "They just need to apply with the county." Counties also occasionally hold job fairs for teens, especially in the springtime when teens are looking for summer work. A teen's perspective That's how Hunter McVae, a New Paltz High School student, found his first job as a recreation attendant at the Ulster County pool last summer. He plans on working for the high- way department this year. "Working is a great experience. I enjoy it because I believe it builds character and teaches valuable life lessons and responsibilities," he says. Eisenman from Splashdown said there are added benefits beyond making money. "We offer a great atmosphere where many of them make friends for years to come. And there's always the benefit of working outdoors all summer," she says. McVae agrees. "My favorite thing about having a job is meeting new people and making friends, along with being occupied with work," he says. But overall, working a job can give teens a significant head start in sav- ing money and preparing for a career. "I think it's very beneficial to try and get a job as soon as you can, so you can get used to working and start saving money," McVae says." Elora Tocci is a freelance writer born and raised in Newburgh. She is a communications and public affairs associate at Citizens' Committee for Children of New York.

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