Group Pays Teen Girls $1 Per Day To Not 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, reports NBC affiliate WXII12.
Brown says she hopes the program, which pays $1 each day to 13-to-18-year-old girls, will keep them from getting pregnant.
In addition to remaining pregnancy-free, the girls must also attend weekly meetings.
The program is funded by a four-year grant from the state of North Carolina.
"Our three goals are that they avoid pregnancy, graduate from high school and enroll in college," says Brown.
Under the program, $7 is deposited into an interest-bearing college fund each week that the girls can collect once they graduate high school.
Some recent graduates earned more than $2,000 and the station calls them "an inspiration to those still in the program."
Program director Laurie Smith says the girls are less likely to get pregnant because of the incentives they have and the friendships the program helps create.
What happens if a girl drops out or gets pregnant? Smith says her money is divided among the other girls still in the program.
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