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Glen Head Man Creates Job Website For Youths

When Thomas Cerna and his wife were going on a one-week vacation last summer, they found themselves in a dilemma. Their plants had to be watered, and the girl they usually hired to do the job was also going away that week. After his plants didn’t get water for a week, Cerna had an idea to make sure that never happened again. 

 

The idea was simple: create a website for homeowners to post jobs that need to be done and local youths could respond to job listings.

 

“It would have been a good thing if we could have had a way to reach out to local kids in the community,” Cerna, 54, said. 

 

On Jan. 10, his idea became a reality as Youthire.com officially launched. It is an online job marketplace where users post odd jobs for local young adults. Local youths, or Youthires, sign up and perform the jobs when needed.

 

“You could have a homeowner post a job to the site and a registered job seeker could see those jobs and apply to them,” Cerna said. 

 

To be eligible to work, a Youthire must be between 16 and 26 years old.

 

“It encompasses high school students, college students and after college,” Cerna said.

 

He made the age range because of the high rate of people graduating college without work, and he says this could help lower that rate. 

 

One of the main goals of Youthire.com is to keep the locals together.

 

“We want to keep the community feature so that the homeowner would know that the person that they are hiring is someone within the community,” said Cerna.

 

Instead of paying professionals for mowing lawns or other yard work, Cerna encourages homeowners to look for youths in their neighborhood.

 

“It’s not only kids being able to make money, but it’s also something that could bring the community together,” he said. 

 

Cerna has been on both ends of the spectrum. When he was a teenager at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester, he did odd jobs to earn extra money. At school, he frequently visited the Youth

Employment Services (YES) office to get jobs to keep himself busy.

 

“When you combine that experience in high school with this dilemma that we found ourselves in this past summer, it clicked,” he said. “There seemed to be a supply of jobs when I was in high school with the homeowners calling in jobs; it provided me with income, money in my pocket, and I had money on my weekends so I didn’t have to ask parents for money.” 

 

Now, Cerna is on the hiring end. However, when hiring a Youthire, homeowners have the benefit of seeing a profile of the candidates. All Youthires must register with the site and create a profile, which, as

Cerna says, “acts as a snapshot.” Each Youthire must provide a photo, the school they attend or attended, their age, and background information such as what skills may be useful. 

 

Cerna himself recently hired a Youthire to help build a fence for his backyard: a member of the local football team to assist with the heavy lifting. The profile page made it easy for Cerna to choose the right person, and the work was done in a day. He says about 60 young adults have signed up at the site looking for work, and around 55 homeowners have also signed up to be job providers. 

 

A former branch manager of a brokerage firm, Cerna has now made Youthire.com his full-time job.

 

“When I came up with this idea, I thought this is something that I could really go with and devote all my time, energy and money towards. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 12 months,” he said. 

 

Cerna’s work has been worth it up to this point, and he expects an increase when schools end for the summer. 

 

For more information, visit Youthire.com 

News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


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