Wednesday, June 24, 2009
North Carolina Program Pays Girls Not To Get Pregnant

A Greensboro, N.C., organization has an interesting way of keep teens in their community on track. They pay girls between the ages of 12 and 18 $1 a day not to get pregnant.

College-Bound Sisters founder Hazel Brown said her program, which was started in 1996 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is focused on keeping the young women focused on education rather than early motherhood.

The organization has 3 goals for their members: avoid pregnancy, graduate from high school and enroll in college.

Female participants in the program, which is funded through a four-year state grant, are also required to attend weekly meetings to receive their financial incentives.

Any program member who becomes pregnant or leaves the program has her funds split among all remaining members.

Program director Laurie Smith said nearly all members who complete the program also graduate college.


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