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
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.
This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.