Looking for young workers for Youth Services Co-op

WELLINGTON, PEI – June 28, 2013 – The Youth Services Co-op is looking for young workers from the Evangeline area, aged 13-16 years, who are ready to work a few hours a week this summer to earn some spending money.

Co-ordinator Ashley Arsenault says again this year, the young members will be asked to do jobs such as mowing lawns, painting, gardening, babysitting, cleaning garages, house cleaning, etc., for individuals and businesses from the local community, according to their skills and interests.

“In addition, this service is structured under a co-op model so the youth will learn how co-ops operate,” explains Arsenault. “They’ll elect an executive among themselves and will learn how to manage the affairs of a small co-op.”

Usually, when the youth are sent out to work at a residence or at a business, they get paid a fixed hourly rate – minimum wage. The supplementary amount that is charged to clients goes into a co-op fund to help pay administrative and promotional expenses. At the end of the season, any leftover amount pays a recreational activity for the group.

All those interested in signing up or in finding out more information are urged to immediately contact Ashley Arsenault at 854-3439, Ext. 240, at by email at ashley@rdeeipe.org. The co-ordinator is also accepting requests from businesses and individuals who would like to hire one or more youth for a few hours, a few days or a few weeks.

The Youth Services Co-op (Coopérative service jeunesse) is a joint initiative of the Conseil de développement coopératif and RDÉE Prince Edward Island Inc. It will operate for the months of July and August.


CUTLINE: Ashley Arsenault, coordinator of the Youth Services Co-op, shows a few of the tools that youth could get to use when they sign up to serve the community and make a few dollars in the bargain.

For more information:
Ashley Arsenault
Co-ordinator, Youth Services Co-op
(902) 854-3439, Ext. 240