June 24th, 2009 12:43 EST
Government Funded Program Pays Girls $1 Per Day Not To Get Pregnant
"A buck-a-day -- that`s the incentive being offered to young girls to keep them from getting pregnant.
The group College-Bound Sisters was founded at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro by Hazel Brown, a maternity nurse who thought too many teens were having babies.
Brown said she hopes the program, which pays $1 each day to 12-to-18-year-old girls, will keep them from getting pregnant. In addition to remaining pregnancy-free, the girls must also attend weekly meetings." http://www.wxii12.com/health/19843503/detail.html
This program makes more sense than welfare that basically pays young women to have children. This is the message that the government sends to young girls : Have babies and you will get government housing, food stamps, etc.
A measly buck a day is a hell of a lot less expensive than benefits doled out to an impoverished girl who has a baby. The young ladies can`t collect the money until they graduate from college -- it`s not like they will be spending the money on cosmetics or music downloads.
When the federal government doles out welfare there`s no accountability, but these girls are required to attend weekly meetings. In these weekly gatherings the girls learn self-esteem, and they encourage and support each other in their noble cause to avoid pregnancy.
Too many young girls get pregnant because they feel unwanted and unloved, and having a baby makes them feel important. Young girls need to be taught that they can feel good about themselves by excelling in school, participating in athletics, and sharing their artistic gifts with the world.
I applaud Hazel Brown for thinking outside the box; too many young girls are getting pregnant and "Just say No" doesn`t work.
It should be noted that the program doesn`t pay the girls not to have sex, it pays them not to get pregnant. My guess is that some if not most of the girls enrolled in the program are having sex, but they practice birth control.
It`s unrealistic to expect most kids not to have sex, as is evidenced by the dismal failure of abstinence only programs. We need more level-headed programs like this one to combat the nation`s high teen pregnancy rate.
Unlike abstinence only programs "College-Bound Sisters" has been a resounding success, nearly 100% of the young women who finish the program have gone on to graduate from college.