Soon, we will kick off the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program, an important initiative that we very much look forward to each year. In our program, teenagers have the opportunity to learn professional skills that will benefit them in their career later on.
No matter the job, a summer job can be a crucial part of a teenager’s life. During their summer employment, students learn responsibility and build professional skills, while making some money to help support themselves and their families.
For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we’re reaching out members and our own staff to ask:
“What was your first summer job?“
Kanasha Herbert – Mintz Levin
“I grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands and tourism is the main industry there. My first summer job involved me playing in a steelpan group for tourists. We were set up in the back of a large truck and would go to the various tourist locales to play our music which ranged from soca and jazz to classical music. On our way back from playing at the tourist spots we would also drive into various community housing areas and play music for the residents. Most memorable were the kids who would run out from their homes to follow us in an impromptu jam session as we made our way through their neighborhoods. The group was a subset of a larger steel band that I was a part of called The Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra which was created by the then Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Judge Verne A. Hodge, in an effort to keep kids culturally engaged and enrolled in secondary school in order to reduce the incidence of juvenile delinquency in the territory. The program is a large part of why I became interested in practicing law.”
Christopher Strang – Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young
“My first summer job was making ice cream sundaes at Friendly’s. It’s one of the few jobs where making mistakes could be quite rewarding. No reason to let those errant brownie sundaes go to waste!”
Jonathan Schreiber – Boston Bar Association
“I was an art apprentice at Neighborhood Studios in Hartford, Connecticut when I was 15. It was an amazing and memorable summer. I had the opportunity to learn from local artists and meet a diverse group of students from the city and surrounding suburbs. I was most proud to have worked on a mural celebrating the arts that is still on display in a park downtown.”
Kerry Crisley – Boston Bar Association
“My very first summer job was waitressing at a Friendly’s Restaurant. One night, two of my customers were lamenting all the calories they were about to consume in ice cream. I told them that we had a special machine in the back that vacuumed all the calories out, and one of them actually said “Really?!?”
Nicole Roth – Boston Bar Association
“My first summer job was working at a swim club as a receptionist. I made minimum wage and often got assigned tasks that were unrelated to my job. One day my boss handed me a can of bear spray and told me it was my job to keep away all the wildlife. I was supposed to get close to the bear and spray its eyes. You don’t find excitement like that very often in an office.”
If you would like to respond to a future Voices of the Bar, make sure you send a headshot, and contact Lauren DiTullio at [email protected].