A father from Edmonton has recently launched an app to aid local youth in finding neighborhood and community jobs for their experience and benefit.
Kids between the ages of 12 and 17 can sign up for Heydan as a forum to communicate with neighbours to apply for age-appropriate jobs like shovelling driveways, babysitting or walking a dog.
Creator Greg Kusyk said he came up with the idea after his son, Josh, began shovelling neighbours’ driveways to earn money for a guitar.
“What I saw come from that was a relationship with these neighbours. They knew he was doing this so Josh could pay for a guitar, then it was snowboards,” said Kusyk. “It became a relationship, with them supporting Josh and his interests.”
He began talking with a friend who understood software, discussing an app that would support communities and kids.
“[My friend] grasped onto that right away, so we decided to go ahead and do it,” said Kusyk. “We are just launching now. We’ve been working on the app for the last year and a half.”
Kids can earn money for their own personal goals or for a charity or a sports team, as well.
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