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Teenagers are three times more likely to be unemployed in this country than adults. In Castro Valley, California there aren’t that many newspaper routes or lawns to mow. But I was able to land a gig close to home, fixing washers and dryers with Grandpa.
We get the machines for free off Craigslist and bring them to my Grandpa’s backyard. It looks like a laundry graveyard but we know how to bring these machines back from the dead. Then we list them as refurbished back on Craigslist. I sold my first machine for $125. The money is good but it’s not the most important part for either of us.
I’m learning mechanical know-how, entrepreneurial skills, and getting a load of life lessons from my Grandpa.
Kendrick’s story comes to us from Youth Radio’s New Options Desk.