“I’ve had a lot of them request me again and text me outside the app asking me when I was available because they were planning to post to the app and wanted me to accept the gig,” she said.
Scott Bennett, Skratch co-founder and CEO, said he came up with the idea for the app after his friend and co-founder, Ronen Akiva, told him his teenage son couldn’t find a job that would work with his overloaded academic calendar.
The two found other parents with similar stories and decided to come up with a way to provide work experience to teens with packed schedules.
“We beat up millennials about not having experience,” he said. “But before beating the younger generation up, why not give them a chance?”
Teens under 17 must have a parent authorize their account on the app before they can book jobs, Bennett said. Parents are sent mobile notifications every time their child accepts work.
Users who are 17 years old or older are also screened against the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry, he said.
“Safety is our single priority as a business,” Bennett said. “For every interaction that the teen has, Mom and Dad know where they are going.”