At the same time it is heartening that young people are devoted to their family and attempt to remain independent from government programs. What would be good would be a public employment (part time) for youth who could be active in rebuilding community, such as improvements in housing, or neighborhood cleanup programs. Rather than having a rather meaningless job at a fast food restaurant, or worse, dealing in controlled substances they would contribute a real need for their community, and gain self esteem. By using unemployed needy youth it could offset increasing public budgets for community services. The effort should be coordinated with official agencies for public service as to optimize the program(s) without unduly effecting the job market.
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