Another feel good story… these resources would be put to better use strengthening families, paying parents a living wage so they have time to parent, don’t have to work 2-3 jobs (or dodge bullets going back and forth to work) in order to live barely at the poverty line.<br><br>Helping young people at the expense of the helping the family structure creates more problems than it solves. Give youth a taste of making money, then you take it away from them, then what? What happens when the job is over and money runs out? What happens to families that depend on the extra income? What happens when the pressures mount up on a teen year old to make that money up or to get rich or die trying? <br><br>This is no diff than giving poor people turkeys at Thanksgiving while pretending they don’t have to eat the rest of the year.

Another feel good story... these resources would be put to better use strengthening families, paying parents a living wage so they have time to parent, don't have to work 2-3 jobs (or dodge bullets going back and forth to work) in order to live barely at the poverty line.

Helping young people at the expense of the helping the family structure creates more problems than it solves. Give youth a taste of making money, then you take it away from them, then what? What happens when the job is over and money runs out? What happens to families that depend on the extra income? What happens when the pressures mount up on a teen year old to make that money up or to get rich or die trying?

This is no diff than giving poor people turkeys at Thanksgiving while pretending they don't have to eat the rest of the year.

Against the odds: St. Louis teens get summer jobs, mentors

At Beyond Sweet, an ice cream and snack shop in the Delmar Loop, two teens are practicing the art of of building mountain peaks of whipped cream. For now,
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