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Ready 2 Earn Offers Teens $1300 To Learn and Work

May 20, 2021 -- This summer, teenagers in Columbus City Schools can earn up to $1,300 by simply learning what it means to have a career.

The “Ready 2 Earn” Summer Program - funded by our partners at the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services - is a chance for young people ages 14-18 to gain exposure to in-demand career fields ranging from coding, cybersecurity, and robotics to health care and early childhood education. 

Students will also learn workplace skills, develop a resume, hear from a job coach, discover their leadership skills, and get paid up to $1,300 as they complete certain projects and goals over the eight-week program.

This combination of project-based learning and traditional work opportunities is offered through three of Columbus City Schools’ local nonprofit partners: the Columbus Urban League, the Godman Guild, and TECH CORPS Ohio.

These Ready 2 Earn partners will provide a blend of in-person work readiness training and interactive webinars. More than just virtual learning, in-person work opportunities include unique jobs at Huntington Bank, the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio, Top Golf, the Columbus Museum of Art, and Amazon AWS.

All participating students - regardless of whether they are in the project-based learning track or more traditional work placement track - will receive training covering essential workplace behaviors such as professionalism, teamwork, and critical thinking, along with resume writing tips and interview etiquette.

Participants will receive a $1000 stipend with the chance to earn an additional $300 in incentives for hitting program-specific targets.

Ready to sign up? Below are the links to the three providers, with more information about the opportunities each partner is offering:
Columbus Urban League 
Godman Guild

Want to hear more? During a recent Virtual Family Engagement Session, our partners from the Franklin County Dept. of Job and Family Services, the Columbus Urban League, Godman Guild, and Top Golf answered questions about this unique summer program and how teens can earn $1,300.

You can watch our Virtual Family Engagement Session at