wgbh logoWe encourage high school students to volunteer during this summer’s  WGBH FunFest: A Day Of Ice Cream And Music 2019 – a family favorite – on Saturday, July 13 at WGBH Studios (One Guest Street in Brighton, MA). The event will feature all you can eat ice cream, moonbounces, activities for kids, face painting, carnival games and even your favorite PBS characters. There will even be live entertainment all day, hour to hour, on our entertainment stage!

Volunteer Needs:

The event runs from 10am-4pm and students have three volunteer shifts to choose from during this fun-filled community event.  Volunteering at WGBH is a great way for Weston High students to earn community service credit and support their local public media station at the same time! Please have students review all the FunFest volunteer position descriptions listed below and email WGBH Volunteer Manager Jaime Reese at jaime_reese@wgbh.org if they are able to help. Students will be assigned to their role on a first-come first-served basis and should include the following information in their email response:

–       Full name (first and last)

–       Email address (for email reminder purposes only)

–       Name of high school/grade level

–       Preferred volunteer positions (top 3 in order of preference)

Date: SET-UP on Friday, July 12 from 2-7pm

Set-up Volunteer

Work with WGBH Event Production Team to bring event items and supplies from inside One Guest Street to WGBH’s visitor parking lot; staple tablecloths to vendor and activity tables; and set-up signage and tarps.

 Date: EVENT DAY on Saturday, July 13; THREE SHIFTS: 9am-1pm (staggered arrival times), 12:30-5pm, or full day. **The goal is to have first shift volunteers train second shift volunteers between 12:30-1pm.

  Admission Line Hospitality (9am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Help manage admission lines. Offer free ice cream and water to those waiting in line.  Distribute event maps and point guests in the right direction.

  Concession Stand (9am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Make and distribute popcorn or cotton candy to event guests.

Costume Line Manager (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Oversee line for photographs with costume characters.

Exit Volunteer (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Stand by North Beacon Street exit to ensure no one enters and let guests know about exit behind the stage area.

Face Painter (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Design simple color images on kids’ faces. **Sample drawings will be provided as examples.

 Food Sampler (9:45am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Distribute food and beverage samples to event guests.

Freezer Truck Runner (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Make sure ice cream is going to the correct vendor table.  **Volunteers should be able to comfortably lift 30-40 pounds if necessary.

Ice Cream Scooper (9:15am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Serve delicious ice cream (provided by our generous vendors) to hungry guests in the mood for a refreshing sweet treat on a hot summer day.

Kids Activity Station (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Provide guests with game instructions; help manage line and distribute prizes.

  Moonbounce Patrol (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Help maintain moonbounce order; group kids by age to ensure safety; manage line; and keep track of jump time to keep line moving.

Parking (9:30am-1pm)

Wave to traffic on One Guest Street; direct cars inside garage for event parking.

  Water Cooler (9:30am-1pm or 12:30-5pm)

Refill water jugs; replenish cup supply; make sure guests know water is available – and stay hydrated!

This is going to be a fantastic event but volunteer support is crucial. Volunteers definitely help put the “fun” in FunFest year after year!

Outside of academics, students benefit from life skills learned in the work place. This can be gained through unpaid or paid work. Weston High School grants credit for certain kinds of community service. We offer opportunities for paid work as well, by posting positions on this website.

Community Service

Weston High School recognizes students who perform community service in the form of a certificate:

  • Community Service for Recognition Certificate: Students who perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service, above and beyond any other obligation, will be recognized at Class Day/Undergraduate Awards Ceremony. Service hours performed between May of the previous academic year and May of the current year are eligible for recognition, including hours performed over the summer. This form along with all write-ups is due the first Friday of May. Late submissions may receive a certificate but will not be recognized at the awards ceremony.

In order to be recognized for completing community service students must complete the appropriate Community Service Form. Please see the forms for details. Forms are also available in the guidance office.

A broader view of local opportunities can be found at Teen Life Boston’s website

Work Permits

So, you want to get a job?! In order to complete the employment process with a company, you need to comply with certain legal regulations that are stipulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are changes to this process that are made fairly regularly, so we have provided this document to assist you through the process. Students need to follow the steps outlined in the Work Permit Directions. Download the Work Permit Directions before contacting Chris Wadsworth, the Guidance Secretary, who issues the official work permit.

Follow these steps:

Step 1 – Obtain a job offer from an employer.

Step 2 – Fill out the Employment Permit Application which can be found on the state’s website at http://www.mass.gov/lwd/docs/dos/youth-employment/youth-application.pdf – you can also pick up a copy of this application from Mrs. Wadsworth in the High School Guidance Office.

Step 3 – Get your new boss to complete his/her section called the “Promise of Employment” on that application.

Step 4 – Students between the ages of 14-15 need to get a physician’s signature.

Step 5 – All students (regardless of age) will need a parent’s signature.

Step 6 – Take the completed application form to the Guidance Office. If you are a current Weston High School student, your “proof of age,” is on file. If you are not a current Weston High School student, you will need to bring a document such as your birth certificate, passport or immigration record to prove your age. As well, you will need to bring a letter from your school (on their stationary) indicating your status as a full-time student.

Step 7 – Mrs. Wadsworth (and the student) will then complete the actual work permit document. The student MUST be present to do so; a parent cannot complete this stage of the process in place of the student. The Work Permit is filled out and signed by the student in person and certified by a designated school official.

Click here to download the April 2016 Child Labor Parent letter and Fact sheet from the Office of the Attorney General

Opportunities for Parents & Businesses

Our hope is to expose students to occupations and opportunities that will enable them to make more informed choices about college majors and career paths. Parents and businesses can help in this endeavor by joining us in one of the opportunities below.
Senior Internship
The Senior Internship Program provides closure to the academic experience at Weston High School. Seniors are enrolled in a preparatory course in January that includes interest inventories, aptitude surveys, resume writing, interviewing skills, and job readiness skills. During the last three weeks in May, seniors work six hours per day in a career field in which they have expressed an interest. The senior internship is unpaid. Mentors assign students to assist with daily tasks or to work on a specific project. This internship gives students the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge about a specific occupation and the education and/or training requirements involved. It gives you the opportunity to observe and/or train students who may fill your summer or future employment needs.

Employers offer students the opportunity to gain career related experiences by providing after-school, weekend, and/or summer work opportunities. These positions may be either paid or unpaid and allow students more time to immerse themselves in a particular career.

Career Day
Every two years a Career Day is held at the high school. Over 85 speakers are recruited from a wide range of occupations to speak to small groups of interested students. Sessions are 45 minutes long and speakers usually volunteer for one or two sessions. Topics include your own personal career path, a description of what you do, an overview of the career, salary range, education or training required and the future of the career as it is impacted by changes in technology and the global economy. You can help by being a speaker at the next career day.

For information please contact Corey Guerra (781-786-5931).

Paid Work Opportunities

Summer Job Opportunities for Weston Teens and Young Adults

To connect with WCCA (Weston Children’s Community Association) families for job opportunities each spring the WCCA posts a job survey.

You can find the 2018 survey here. The WCCA will compile the results into a secure online directory for families to resource when seeking assistance. Regular, long-term positions as well as project work welcome.