Hudson Valley teenagers value experience with summer jobs

Marco B Divaio

This summer teens around the mid-Hudson Valley are getting a glimpse of the working world. As local businesses, restaurants and retail shops reopened for the summer, teens have been punching the clock. Beginning their journeys toward future goals and careers, many local teens are learning the elements of leadership while gaining experience in the professional life.  Among them is […]

This summer teens around the mid-Hudson Valley are getting a glimpse of the working world.

As local businesses, restaurants and retail shops reopened for the summer, teens have been punching the clock. Beginning their journeys toward future goals and careers, many local teens are learning the elements of leadership while gaining experience in the professional life. 

Among them is Avantae Stewart, 14, who began working at the Cream Boutique in the city of Newburgh at the beginning of July. In the seventh grade, he was invited to join the National Junior Honors Society but was not able to finish the process because of COVID-19. 

Work at the Cream Boutique was just another way for Avantae to spend his time and take on a learning opportunity. 

“I have nothing better to do. This was a great way to gain experience and have money in my pocket,” said Avantae. “I look forward to meeting new people… and they have nice clothes and amazing stuff here.”

The clothing boutique has been in Newburgh for five years and previously existed as two separate stores — a vintage shop and a boutique. When COVID-19 began, boutique owner Amal Ishak consolidated both shops into one. Now young adults work at the boutique, keeping a youthful energy throughout the store.

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