What happens when 125 “at risk” youths 17 to 24 years old are paid $8.15 an hour to attend school? One girl bought a $450 purse, writes Laird Jenkins at American Thinker.
Two Polynesian girls rewarded themselves with tribal tattoos. . . . Ronisha, a mother of two children, spent her money on a baroque neck tattoo displaying her babies’ names. . . . Jason put a down payment on a car, unperturbed that he had no insurance, no high school diploma, was not in line to receive one, and the car payments extended thirty-four months past his final summer stimulus training.
The program devoted one hour a day to teaching money management., but only a few heeded the advice. Jenkins mentions hard-working girls from Somalia and Botswana, who budgeted to attend community college, two boys planning to attend trade school and a Chinese boy who wanted to fly to Hawaii to work in his uncle’s restaurant.