Posts tagged ‘Paycheck’

School vs. Work

During the summer, many students choose to get a job. A summer job, in

Van Crawford

Van Crawford

some ways, can be much better than time spent otherwise at school.  But, for some it can just remind them of how much they miss school. The youth at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) have been debating on which they prefer.

Jason Barnes says he’d rather wake up in the morning and go to work as opposed to going to school. He says that work is more of a drama-free environment that allows him to concentrate on the tasks before him, without having to worry about distractions. Because Jason goes to a school which doesn’t end until late in the afternoon, he says that this leaves him tired; which ultimately makes work his choice of preference. Summer youth Anna Marie thinks differently. She much rather prefers being at school. She thinks that school keeps her more engaged. She also thinks that at school she can have more of a laid back attitude about things; whereas at work you must have more of a professional and stern way of thinking. There will always be others, such as Ahmed Brown, who has an in-between feeling on which he feels keeps him more active. He cannot decide what he’s more pleased to wake up and start his day doing. Ahmed enjoys school and work both the same. He feels that they both equally keep him busy, although if he had to choose he would probably choose school because of the level of friendships he has there.

The general analysis of choice around the office can definitely not be determined. Most kids constantly crave for summer during the entire nine months of the school year. But, in most cases, unless a child is doing something that they absolutely love during the summer, they will be anxious to go back to school. A summer job for some youth is most certainly something that takes getting used to. But, for most, anything will always be better than waking up every morning and going to school.

–Van Crawford

Benefits of Bringing Your Lunch

Fruit is always a great item to include in a bagged lunch.
Fruit is always a great item to include in a bagged lunch.

Some people enjoy bringing $10 or so every single day to pick up, order, or take out a lunch. Partially because the food is good, or maybe they’re just too lazy to make their own lunch at home.  As growing teens and young adults, our bodies deserve a nutritional meal more often.  It isn’t like you have to make a Caesar salad with light dressing and gourmet croutons early in the morning, but there are surely alternatives to the meals we limit ourselves to.

So, what is a good lunch to bring to work? Well, there are plenty of yummy, healthier options that can easily be made right at home. Take, for example, the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  You can use different types of flavors and breads, or you could make a nice deli sandwich or sub; just meat, lettuce, bread, and whichever cheeses and spreads you would prefer. You can also make salads, leftover dinners, or even bring in a frozen entree.

Grocery stores and supermarkets are filled with options. It just depends on how creative and involved you want to become when making your lunch. Youth employee Sardera Thorne says that she usually brings in leftovers that she cooks herself.  When asked what her ideal lunch would be, she said, “Soup.” Everyone has their own preferences.  Jazmine Singletary, another youth employee, likes both going out to eat and bringing in a lunch. When she has brought them in, she says she eats “frozen dinners and what her mother makes,” but she really prefers going out to buy lunch during the day. Her ideal meal would be chicken.

Looking at it from another prospective, my mother, DCRA Employee Cheryl Randall-Thomas, says she “prefers bringing in lunch because I don’t like how much it ends up costing,” which makes a lot of sense in today’s economy. She stated that “When you bring lunch, you know exactly what you’re eating (wholesome, not greasy, good amounts of food, etc.)” Her ideal lunch would be soup and salad, and she usually makes the lunch herself. Mrs. Randall-Thomas believes it is better to bring in a lunch from home because she has noticed that you can get more out of bought groceries over a week’s span than one day’s meal however, she still enjoys a hot prepared meal every once in a while.  Another Summer Youth employee, Jeremy Bennett, says that he usually goes out to eat somewhere everyday. His ideal lunch would be Chinese food. “As far as finances go, it would be better to bring lunch,” Bennett says about whether or not bringing in lunch is better than buying a lunch. It all just depends on how you are feeling a particular day, or even how your personal finances are measuring up.

Also, choose foods that won’t drag your day down or stuff you. It’s better to eat a single heave or main item with snacks on the side than a few heavy items or all snacks. There are also plenty of options for drinks to bring – sodas, juice, coffee, etc. After asking the opinions of some of the other summer youth employees, it seemed as if bringing lunch is the best way to go. Once you realize how much better bringing in lunch is, you’ll begin thinking of more meal ideas, and someone else may even envy your lunch!

Lesley Thomas

 

Spending that First Paycheck

The summer youth have been working hard! Just recently they were given

Van Crawford

Van Crawford

their first paychecks of about $30 for their attendance at the orientation into the summer program. The thought of money being given to the youth for their work pleased many of them. With the sensational feeling of being paid, many youth have thought of many different ways to start spending their money.

For most of the youth, their first thoughts were to use their debit cards on their lunch. The enjoyment of being able to buy anything for yourself, and especially something that you need or really want, has given these workers a great incentive to keep working. Although, with the limited amount of money in the first paycheck, the youth had to be careful not to get crazy with their spending.

Some youth say that they would rather just put their money aside and save it. Youth supervisor, Dajah Blackwell, has made the decision to save her money. She says she would much rather spend her money when she’ll need it when she goes back to school, at Virginia State University. On the flip side, splurging has definitely become popular with the recent paycheck. Summer youth, Darion Parker, has used his money for transportation purposes, food, and anything else he can afford. Summer Youth, Kristin Cousins, has a different outlook on the use of her money. She has given some money away, to help fund a trip to King’s Dominion with her school.

When it comes to money, there are no rules or guidelines on how to best use it, the best advice is just to use common sense. Since there are so many possibilities on what to do with money, confusion arises on what to buy; and just as the old cliché says, “The more money, the more problems.” The summer youth have definitely worked hard for it though. They are already anticipating their next payday; some are even already planning their next purchase.

–Van Crawford

Do You Know How to Use Your Debit Card?

creditcard

This year the summer youth program coordinators took a new approach with paying summer youth. Every two weeks, youth will receive their earnings on debit cards. Using debit cards allows the youth the opportunity to spend money in more places. What is a debit card? A debit card provides an alternative payment method to cash when making purchases. Some people refer to debit cards as check cards because they work the same as checks. The money is withdrawn directly from the bank account.

How do you use a debit card? A debit card is used inside businesses or at an atm. Debit cards can be used with a PIN number or can also be used with only a signature while making purchases. Debit cards can be used typically in the same businesses that accept credit cards. When using your debit card while making purchases, present your card to a qualified merchant or provider. They will swipe your card to pay for your belongings.  Debit cards have become extremely important and convenient.  They cut down on spending extra time at ATM’s or writing checks.

Using a debit card requires one to be responsible and to keep track of how much money has been spent. It is important that you check your account to be aware of how much money has been spent and how much is remaining in your account.  It is also a good idea to write down each transaction so that you have a written record of your purchases.  Also, pay close attention when your card is being swiped so you can be sure that you are not overcharged.

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–Dajah Blackwell