For 42 years, the Assistance League of Flintridge's Youth Employment Service has been setting up high school students in La Cañada with odd jobs around town.
A total of 608 students are currently in the Youth Employment Service's database. Most of them are from La Cañada High and all of them are looking for a way to make some money amidst a recession.
The system not only provides high-school students and young adults up to age 23 with some extra spending cash; it also affords them a chance to demonstrate responsibility, according to Elizabeth Patterson, chair of the Y.E.S.
"Quite often [the students] will go beyond the call of duty and it gives them a sense of confidence that they can function in the big world out there," Patterson said.
Lindsay McGee, manager of the program, describes the program as a "middle man." People approach the service with a position or task they need filled and the information is passed on to the students. Some find steady work as a nanny or tutor and log about 10 to 15 hours a week, others pick up a shift here or there, McGee said.