Two years ago, when my firstborn started kindergarten, I cried. Not big tears, not lengthy tears, but tears, just the same. And now, this year, my middle-born started kindergarten AND my youngest started preschool and not only were my eyes entirely dry, I didn’t even get around to blogging about it until two weeks after the fact. That’s how not a big deal it was, the second time around.
An innovative program, College-bound Sisters, was founded at the University of North Carolina with the purpose of incenting girls to keep from getting pregnant. The program pays $1 each day to girls 12 to 18 years old who remain pregnancy free and attend weekly meetings. The money is deposited into an interest-bearing college fund that the girls can collect once they graduate from high school. Some girls have earned as much as $2,000. Nearly 100 percent of the girls who finish the program have gone on to graduate from college. If a girl drops out of the program or gets pregnant, her money is divided among the other girls still in the program.Read the full article and discuss it »