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The final bell on the 2007-08 school year has rung. And although a smaller share of 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States are expected to be employed this summer than in past years, young people in the D.C. area are finding creative ways to make it in the summer job market.

The 2008 class of washingtonpost.com's High School Journalism Workshop took a close look at three groups of these young people: self-employed entrepreneurs, students with jobs to save money for college and a young artist with an internship.

John Goodwin is a sales associate at Fresh Catch Seafood and Catering in Great Falls, Va. (Ariana Brunori, Corinna Pan and Tabitha Peyton Wood for washingtonpost.com)

Fishin' for Tuition

Like many Washington-area teenagers, John Goodwin is working to save all he can before going to college.

Amauta Marston-Firmino spray paints a doodle of a large face on a piece of wood he found. (Alexander Altskan and Teresa Ventura for washingtonpost.com)

Portrait of a Working Artist

Amauta Marston-Firmino went his own way in seeking out an internship in the arts where he learned the skills to use digital tools to make reproductions and spent time working on his own street art.

Green in the Grass
As many young people use technology to make money, a Vienna, Va., teenager keeps his business old school: He mows lawns.

When I first started this, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. Nobody would take me seriously, because I was 15 when I started. I mean, who would give a million dollars to a 15-year-old?

--Jeremy Bogdan
Teenage entrepreneur from Alexandria, Va., who created coredomain.com

A Byte Into Business
An Alexandria, Va., teenager will spend his summer preparing to pitch his Web site to venture capitalists and investors.
About the Project:

Students Examine Area's Young Workforce

Eight Washington-area high school students spent six days at washingtonpost.com learning about multimedia journalism, gathering content and creating this report. Meet the students who comprised the 2008 class of washingtonpost.com's annual High School Journalism Workshop.

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