Yes this is in the right place, i am not looking for hire (on this site) or giving hire. I just want to know, I am a young programmer who is still going through schooling and would like to find some real world experience in programming. What are my best options? Thanks in advance.
When you say "real world" do you mean something close to a professional job? Have you looked into internships? Your school probably has tons of info on that. There's also google summer of code: http://code.google.com/soc/
Well it's quite rare for a high schooler to get an internship if that's your age group. Same with freshmen in college. After that though, just look for one in the nearest city to you.
If you're pre college sophomore, you don't really need professional experience. You need projects. Write code. Make your code better. Try new languages / libraries. Just learn as much as you can and have the projects to prove what you have learned. Employers take programmers with a passion for coding, and it's easy to show off your passion when you have a bunch of projects you've worked on.
Yeah, I use it. The website is fine but it's hard to get jobs when you've just started. You'll have to request low amounts of money (basically nothing) at first until you've built up a decent reputation; then you can start asking for more and more.
Just signed up for vworker.com. Seems interesting, although I probably won't get into it until next summer after I take a few more programming classes and I have more time on my hands. Would you suggest a good software development sub-section to start at?
I don't know, if I were you I'd just fill everything out and then look at the main page for something you can do, then place a bid for it. Go back a few pages, there'll be quite a lot of jobs available.