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Teens: Make Money this Summer

For teens, earning money is a step toward independence. Teens who work for their own spending money say that it gives them a sense of pride, responsibility and boosts their self-esteem.

Are you starting to think about how to make money this summer? Businesses are looking for reliable teens to help fill shifts at local restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses. Meet some teens who created their own opportunities to make money, using their creativity.

Jacob Grande (17)
(949) 292-5196
Grande Movers

Jacob is available to help with hauling items to the dump, to charity centers, or other locations within the immediate area. Jacob is also available to do some “odds and ends” jobs.


Colin Pitko (16)
(310) 955-8879
Ladera Yard Signs 

When Covid started, Colin’s mom bought a birthday sign for his birthday in April 2020. All of their friends loved it and asked about it. Colin thought it might be a good business idea to do yard signs for neighbors during Covid. He knew it would be something fun that he can do with his my dad and that it was also a way to make people happy during such a tough time. That’s how Ladera Yard Signs was born. Colin mostly does birthday signs. However, once in a while, he places signs like 'Welcome Home' or 'Congratulations'. Colin really enjoys it when families share pictures or videos of their kids coming out in the morning and being surprised by their sign. Colin also donates to a local charity each month with a portion of his earnings, as a way to give back to his community.

Nate Leuteritz (15)
(949) 899-5923
@natecandj on Instagram
DJ Nate

Nate has served as a DJ for all types of events, including birthday parties, Halloween parties; block parties, and celebrations of life. He took professional DJ lessons in OC prior to starting his business. Nate offers special rates for events in Ladera Ranch and services the Orange County area.

Ashley Mitchell (15)
@tinybirdbakeshop on Instagram
Tiny Bird Bakeshop

Ashley decided to pursue her dream of starting a business in the spring of 2021 and opened her own bakeshop with the help of her parents and community. Tiny Bird Bakeshop offers a selection of cupcake flavors, all made from scratch with high quality ingredients. Ashley bakes themed, assorted boxes for the holidays, custom orders for events, and more! She is truly passionate about what she does and loves to share her love for baking with the community.