We were so pleased to meet Alison Novak of Seven Days for a lemonade at the start of this season. Alison was curious to know more about how kids are set up for success to work at the stand on the Church Street Marketplace all summer, but also other ways teens are staying busy & enjoying these sunny months.

“King Street has helped older teens find a variety of jobs, from maintaining trails with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to taking tickets for the Vermont Lake Monsters. Others are working as junior counselors at King Street’s camps for younger kids. The center also runs a more traditional teen summer program, taking around 30 campers on supervised outings to the beach, skate park and bike path, free of charge…

Rising seventh grader Mathias Mmunga, who was working his first day at the stand, agreed. Last summer, he mostly hung around his house and played soccer in the backyard, he recalled. Mmunga started attending King Street’s afterschool program and its job training course this spring, and he enjoyed learning life skills such as how to open a bank account.”

Read all about it right here!