Kendrick Calkins (R), a 17 year-old from Hayward, Calif., fixes washers and dryers with his grandfather Craig Calkins. - 

The teen unemployment rate in this country is three times higher than the adult rate -- which is true for most of Kendrick Calkin's friends. But Kendrick, a 17 year-old from Hayward, California is learning a trade close to home.

In a backyard in the Bay Area, he's working with his grandfather, fixing washers and dryers... and getting a load of life lessons. Youth Radio sent us his story.