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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

In an unusual change of venue, the Glen Cove City Council held its Sept. 23 meeting at the Webb Institute instead of City Hall. Before the meeting, more than 100 residents and the council members were given a tour of the college. 

 

Mayor Reginald Spinello said,  “Keith Michel [Webb President] suggested we could use the venue for the city and I thought having a city council meeting there would be an ideal way to show off the city’s precious history. I am hoping that the Holocaust Center will also allow us the opportunity next year.” He added, “There are a few other notable places in Glen Cove to have meetings like this to showcase the city.”

It was a country flavor at Sea Cliff Beach on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14 as the alternative/country group Antigone Rising played in front of hundreds of local residents underneath the fading sunlight. The concert, which was originally slated for Saturday but rescheduled due to inclement weather, went off without 

a hitch as the ladies played a lot of their popular songs from different records. 


Sports

Glen Cove Junior Soccer got off on the right foot with its annual parade through the city ending at City Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13. The parade had boys and girls from kindergarten to 10th grade march along with coaches and parents in their colorful uniforms. At the parade terminus, Glen Cove elected officials cheered the children on as they sat down on the field lines to hear the opening comments.

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 


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Live Music - September 24

Whiskey Tasting - September 25

Play Bingo - September 26


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