There’s something to do around here

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By The Staff

All over young people say the same thing, whether they live in a big city or a small town: “There’s nothing to do around here”.

When I was a teenager I said that of my town in New Jersey. Well, I have an answer for that dilemma; get a job or better yet be creative and develop your own job.

There are many reasons to be your own boss. You can establish your own schedule, work when you want and as hard as you want. Of course, the theory is if you do work long and hard you will reap great rewards.

You can maximize your potential and take ownership of your success or failure. Being in business for yourself in not for everyone but what better way to find out than to try it as a summer job while you are young.

In Los Alamos there are so many services left untapped that I am positive a young person with energy and a good idea can “make it.”   

Start by surveying adults and peers as to what they might need and what they would be willing to pay a service provider. Or think of something you would like to do and then see if there is a need.

Either way I’m sure you’ll get lot’s of ideas. Off the top of my head, things that immediately come to mind are pet sitting, house sitting, yard care, computer maintenance, tutoring and good music lessons.

Believe it or not, there is a program in town to get you on your way. It’s called the Youth Business Grant Program. Since 1984, grants of up to $400 have been given by LACDC to aspiring future business leaders with a great idea and business plan.

The object is to help establish an entrepreneurial spirit for the next generation. Not only is there a financial grant but there’s much more involved in running your own small business than the actual service provided. There is advertising, estimating and bookkeeping to name a few. This is an excellent way to pass that knowledge on to your future business leaders.

Each year up to 16 grants are awarded. These are mainly for summer jobs although some young entrepreneurs decide to continue their business throughout the year.

To apply, go to the website www.YBGP.org.  All of the necessary information you will need is there. Applications are being accepted now. Get your thinking caps on and get busy. Best wishes for your success.

Now that I’ve given the teenagers an idea about something there is to do in this town, I want to speak to the broader community for a moment.  

Raising successful kids takes more than just a single family or school; it takes a community. While the young person’s refrain might be “there’s nothing to do” the adult refrain is often “I don’t know what to do to help.”  Assets in Action is a program of the Chamber of Commerce that is about building the assets in our community that will make for healthier kids and a healthier community.  The Youth Business Grant program is an example of one such asset that exists.  

We would like to inspire your thinking and action about creating and supporting more. Find out about Assets and Action and what you can do at www.


Another thing you can do is to attend an upcoming Assets event, a talk by Dr. Peter Benson at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the UNM-LA Student Center.  

Dr. Benson, a renowned national expert, will deliver an address titled, “Keynotes on helping teenagers succeed and discover their SPARK.”  

This free event is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Family Strengths Network.  

There is something for all of us to do around here; let’s all get our assets in action!

Stan Primak is a local builder and a member of the Board of Directors of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC).

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s (LACDC) vision is “Vibrant community through a flourishing economy.”  LACDC operates the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, the UNM-LA Small Business Development Center, the Los Alamos Research Park and other community and economic development activities.