Woodland Park Zoo is committed to attracting, developing and retaining highly qualified employees. As a 24/7 environment, we have a variety of career opportunities, including positions in animal management, development, education, facilities, horticulture, guest services, information technology, marketing, retail, security and more. Some of these jobs even offer benefits including insurance and investment plans. Other benefits can include merchandise discounts and special buying opportunities. Often you can direct part of your earnings into a 401(K) plan and get matching dollars from the company, even as a part time employee!
The state of Texas experienced a small increase in its unemployment rate overall in June, 2009, but several cities remained at around 5-6% while the nation topped over 10% unemployment during the same time. See a market-by-market review at Texas Job Markets.
I think that the part about religious families being the reason for youth homelessness is kind of creating a stereotype around religious people. I think you’ll find a lot of help is given from charitable organisations run by religious people. Not to mention that in most religions it is the belief that you should love all and treat all equally although this isn’t always the case. I’m not denying the argument, just offering a counter argument. Having come from a religious family who would accept me whatever my religion, but experienced homelessness (sofa surfing) from family breakdown. In my experience youth homelessness is usually through family breakdown.
I know compromise is a tough sell, especially to someone with a dream of artistic freedom. I’ve blogged before about my grandfather’s struggle with commercialism and making a living while fulfilling his artistic potential as a sculptor. (see his legacy at ) I’m not saying give up on the dream – there are plenty of examples that persistence pays off – but to keep your options open.
The first big issue I can see with the info you have provided is your job hopping. Right now with unemployment at an all time high, companies can afford to be extremely picky and will be. Your resume is going to present a picture of someone who lacks commitment and follow through, and is ultimately unreliable. While I know that you are searching for what makes you happy, and brings you fulfillment, employers are not going to be so sympathetic with someone that may get bored and leave in a few months.I see a repeated string of giving up and restlessness in your past. I hate to use the cliche but the others in this thread are right to an extent, there are some internal issues that need solved here, and you are trying to address them with outside remedies.
Uri Treisman has shown the importance of students working together to clarify understandings (see 1). I have found that if I want students to think more deeply about the mathematics introduced in class and to share those understandings with others, I have to structure out-of-class assignments designed to accomplish this.