Being President of the United States may be his most significant job yet, but President Obama's first job as an ice cream scooper instilled in him valuable lessons that he says helped him get to where he is today — the Oval Office. Announcing his administration's Summer Opportunity Project in a post on LinkedIn, Obama recalled his first job as a teenager working at Baskin-Robbins in Honolulu, and like many that age, was "less interested in what the job meant for my future and more concerned about what it meant for my jump shot."
In his post, Obama urged employers and businesses to hire more young people in the summer, and communities to step in to help recruit, train, and mentor young people. The goal of the Summer Opportunity Project is to "increase the percentage of youth in evidence-based summer opportunity programs, decrease the percentage of youth experiencing violence over the summer," and to help teenagers get their first jobs.
"My first summer job wasn't exactly glamorous, but it taught me some valuable lessons. Responsibility. Hard work. Balancing a job with friends, family, and school," the president wrote, stressing the importance of giving young people the opportunity to contribute to their community through employment.
"While I may have lost my taste for ice cream after one too many free scoops, I'll never forget that job — or the people who gave me that opportunity — and how they helped me get to where I am today," he added.
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