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Our Story: About Teens4Hire® (T4H) was the first to market (Feb 15th, 2002) online U.S. membership-based service that
enables companies to find "ready to work" teens (19-14) and prepares teens for the workplace.

Now approaching our 20th anniversary, has had millions of visitors; teens, parents, teachers, counselors, and organizations.  We have connected hundreds of thousands of teens to jobs, work-based experiences, and other moneymaking opportunities.

Sadly, U.S. teen participation in the labor force has fallen consistently since 2002 and hit an all-time low in 2020.  Studies show that people who spend a large share of their young adult years unemployed have a hard time finding and keeping a job later in life.


It is this impetus that has driven us to continue providing this service as a nonprofit resource beginning May 17th, 2021 because what has remained consistent is the desire of 80% of U.S. teenagers today to have a paying job, a way to earn money, and/or a meaningful work-based learning experience. 

501c3 Status now qualifies to receive tax deductible contributions.  Our fiscal sponsor is Pledges, Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit organization (EIN# 36-4963438). 

You can make a donation here:  IMPORTANT: Please include "Teens4Hire" as the designee to ensure proper deposit to our account.  Let us know when you have made your donation so we can thank you!

Your contributions allow us to continue to; work towards an increase in the teen labor force participation rate; supply “ready to work” candidates to meet company needs today; influence young people to develop skills and pursue available and future openings.

Our Mission's mission is to remain the #1 "go to" recruitment site for companies seeking to reach, hire, and positively influence self-motivated U.S. teenagers (19-14) seeking jobs, ways to earn money and/or work-based experience.  We catch young people at the moment "they" feel they are ready to work. 

It is at this time that young people make critical choices that affect their transition into adulthood and shape their perceptions about work, money, and life.    

We teach our job seeker members how to conduct career self-assessments, earn a job (soft skills), write a resume, find suitable openings, apply, interview, and ultimately be outstanding workers once hired!  And, for those with an entrepreneurial spirit, we guide them along the way of their pursuits.

We showcase suitable openings, educational resources, instruction, job readiness training and strive to instill in our members the importance of a strong work ethic.

Companies lament that they do not have the resources to “prepare” teens for the workplace.  Hence, we are committed to provide “ready to work” young candidates.

Our Vision

We envision a world where American companies, particularly those with a growing need for new workers, join with us through creative corporate sponsorships to influence teens today, knowing they are their future workforce.

We strive to be the organizational equivalent of AARP for teens; aka American Association of the Future Workforce.

Our Founder

Renée Ward, founder of is a former senior management executive of the recruitment and staffing industry. She was a Vice President for TMP Worldwide Recruitment Advertising (the parent of, and Vice President for a Spherion Corporation subsidiary, JobOptions, Inc., a career resource technology company.

She is a past member of SHRM-Society for Human Resource Management and served on the SHRM Workforce Readiness Committee, PIHRA-Professionals in Human Resource Association, and ASAE-American Society of Association Executives, as well as, former co-chair of the Workforce Investment Board of Santa Ana, CA.

Ms. Ward is a published author, noted speaker and an expert resource to media, schools and community groups.  She has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today Show, Fox Business News, CNN, CBS Evening News, hundreds of radio programs and quoted or featured in thousands of print publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, Kiplinger, the Bottom Line, AARP magazine, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, Seventeen, and Newsweek to name a few.

Ms. Ward is the principal of a privately held company.  She also publishes, a career center for those 50 and older, as a socially responsible public service.

Our Loyal Staff and Volunteers

Michelle Miller

David Craig

Emily Ayala, Executive Director

Vanessa Okafor

Stelly Kuo

Our Dedicated Team of Advisors

Phyllis Hartman

Dennis Elliott

Harold Lee

Mike Temkin

Kim Shepard
Bill Wolfe

“We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.”

--Robert H. Shaffer