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Issue #102 (Fall, 2010) issue cover
Surviving Hard Times
The Money Issue

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Damaris reports about a Human Rights Watch investigation that reveals many youth in California's foster care system end up homeless after leaving care.

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Quotesia interviews Mario Mazzoni at the Metropolitan Council, an NYC tenants' rights organization, and finds that the housing crunch is hitting poor people the hardest. (full text)

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Ashunte feels that his agency and group home sometimes hold him back from learning the skills he needs to be a successful adult.

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Zakkiaya's foster care agency prepares her to age out by teaching her to clothes-shop and helping her set up a bank account, get a summer job, and get a lawyer.

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Samantha finally gets her own place in a Supported Independent Living Program (SILP). A few months later, ACS closes SILPs and she has to go back to living with a foster parent. (full text)

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At the FEGS Academy in the Bronx, foster youth can finish school, get a job, and learn how to handle their money. And they don't get turned away when the going gets tough.

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Samantha Flowers explains to La'Quesha how she got financial aid from state and federal government, from Americorps, and from the Gates Millenium Scholars program.

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Chimore gets in big trouble - and debt - with her first debit card, but it teaches her valuable lessons about being careful with her spending. (full text)

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Chimore breaks down the rewards and hazards of having a credit card. (full text)

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Last time, Jasmine lectured Shawn about how to keep his job, but can they hold on to their hard-earned paychecks?

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Damaris talks to a professor at Columbia University's business school about behaviors around spending and saving. She discovers that her own money habits have a lot to do with her childhood. (full text)

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Senora finds out about "emotional spending" and how saving money instead can make you feel better and help build your confidence. (full text)

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Whether it's clothes, the latest tech gear, or a Big Mac, Anthony is constantly bombarded with messages pressuring him to spend money. How can he learn to budget his cash?

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In Senora's new school, kids get categorized by how expensive their clothes are. She thinks it's ridiculous, but she's not quite sure how to stand up to the peer pressure.

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Asia spends half her paycheck on her friend's party. The friend swears she'll pay it back and never does; Asia gets new friends. (full text)

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Danielle is desperate for a job, but after a couple of sketchy experiences with jobs that promise and don't deliver, she becomes a lot more choosy. (full text)

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For several months, Alisha keeps a diary to help her learn how to budget her money.

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When Chimore leaves foster care and starts living in her own apartment, she experiments with healthier eating. It's hard to give up the fast food, but she ends up pleasantly surprised with the result.
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