Mobile app company Skratch has announced a partnership and pilot program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County that will enable teens in the organization to find quick, safe, skills-based ways to earn extra money with “gigs” inside club locations in Plano.
Skratch is a on-demand-based app for iPhone users that connects teens in local neighborhoods with adults who need help with tasks.
“We are creating opportunities for kids to earn, mentor, and learn,” Scott Bennett, co-founder and CEO of Skratch, said in the Allen American. “A partnership like this one is something we’ve been wanting to embark on for quite some time now.”
The pilot program began this month, and will run through October, with a goal of extending the partnership, Skratch said in the release.
“As we continue to grow and expand into other markets, we look forward to continue working with these teens outside of the Boys and Girls Clubs.”
The jobs under the partnership will be exclusive to teens in the clubs, and can include such roles as office assistant, homework helper, bus attendant, and more.
“Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County allows us the opportunity to work with teens we otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to do so,” Bennett said. “As we continue to grow and expand into other markets, we look forward to continue working with these teens outside of the Boys and Girls Clubs.”
Mike Simpson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County, told the Allen American that with success in Plano, he hopes to expand the opportunity to all organization’s clubs in Collin County.
“Many of these young adults have grown up at our clubs. Our key focus with this partnership is to continue providing a safe place for them to learn and grow, while helping them become productive, hardworking, and responsible citizens,” Simpson said.
He said the program will help teens understand the importance of applying for a job, performing the task to the quality expected, and to be able to manage the money that they earn. It will add more focus to the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County’s “Money Matters Program.“
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County said it impacts more than 7,000 children and teenagers by offering a safe environment in which to grow and learn during the hours between school and returning home.
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