Summer Jobs 253

Our Jobs 253 employment program provides Tacoma high school students with: 

  • 40 hours of job training and experience 
  • High school credit 
  • An academic completion bonus 
  • Basic work readiness 
  • Resume/interview skills 
  • Increased self-confidence and personal growth 

 Jobs 253 offers TPS sophomores and juniors the opportunity to earn high school credit for graduation while gaining meaningful work experience through 40+ hours of community service, for which students can earn a $500 stipend. Students can earn a .5 CTE elective course for completing a self-directed Next Move Intro Course which develops professionalism skills essential to success in the workplace. Below are criteria for earning a Jobs 253 stipend:

Jobs 253 Selection Criteria: $500 Community Service Stipend 

  1. Benefits your school/community/neighborhood and/or addresses some specific community need (Ask yourself, when I do this project, who am I helping?)
  2. Develops meaningful leadership skills in students
  3. Is approved by neighbors, organizations and others impacted by your project
  4. Can be completed safely with materials/supplies available to student (including masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  5. Is deemed safe by supervising parent/guardian, school staff, organizational staff
  6. Is 40 hours minimum of community service

For more information about Jobs 253 and to join, please email Brady Bekker: bbekker@tacoma.k12.wa.us