EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of blog posts following Quintez, one of 30 teenagers taking part in a new summer jobs program in Indianapolis. Click here for the entire series.
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - I stopped by the MLK Center to talk to Quintez Monday morning. He was getting ready to head to Tarkington Park to begin picking up trash.
I asked him how his first week went.
"Great," he said, adding the best part was "getting paid."
Quintez's first paycheck was for $130. He said he got a haircut, gave each of his three siblings $5, bought lunch, went to the mall and spent the rest on "stuff." He quickly added, he does plan to "save up" most of the money he earns. He wants new shoes and hopefully a dirt bike.
So far, Quintez says really likes his new job and that he's been learning "how to be responsible" and "how to avoid fights."
When I pressed him on how to do that, he said, "Just look away. It's worth your time."
With that, he and his co-workers were off to Tarkington Park.