Having been labeled “at-risk” at a young age, Dipshika Karki understands firsthand the stigmas attached to that labeling. At the time, she belonged to a group that would come to be known as “opportunity youth,” or young people between the ages of 16 and 24 years old who are either unemployed or not enrolled in school.“It’s very difficult when you are young and feel like you have no direction. Idle time for young people creates room for negative behaviors,” she says. “I was grateful to have access to after-school programs, athletics, arts, theater, music, field trips, etc. All these experiences allowed me to enrich my knowledge of myself and the world. … If I can help one young adult find some clarity in the direction of their life, I feel like I’ve done my job.”And what she learned was that she wanted to help other young people who were in the same situation she’d been in — to provide resources, programs and … [Read more...] about Helping young people find direction, safe spaces, empowerment
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Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Jul 25, 2019 Student loan debt is no doubt a drag on the U.S. economy, holding back how much money young consumers can spend on cars, homes and even invest in 401(k) plans or new businesses. But the debt crisis is giving an early kick start to the 2020 Democratic presidential race. One candidate after another has generated some buzz by offering up one freebie or another for tackling $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. The political rhetoric reflects the ongoing financial anxiety. So it wouldn't be surprising to hear more about student loans during the second round of Democratic Party presidential debates comes to Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday, hosted by CNN. Dealing with old student loans has become so overwhelming for many families that it has now somehow risen to the level of, say, climate change or criminal justice reform. Why student loan debt is a hot topic Sure, … [Read more...] about Can 2020 o election help you shed student loan debt?
opinion Christy Rakoczy Published 10:44 PM EDT Jun 30, 2019 Michigan students seeking to further their education and earn a college degree are increasingly facing unaffordable costs. In fact, as a recent LendEDU report on student debt revealed, average student loan debt in Michigan increased 42.84% on average between 2007 and 2017. As debt burdens rise for Michigan grads, it’s become especially urgent for lawmakers on the state and national level to take steps to ensure young people understand the lifelong implications of taking on substantial debt. It’s also incumbent upon lawmakers and financial administrators to find ways to help students better afford education while avoiding massive amounts of debt. LendEDU reviewed debt data from more than 900 schools across the United States, including public and private institutions in Michigan, and found the average debt-per-borrower figure in Michigan increased $9,268 from 2007 to 2017. Increases occurred at both … [Read more...] about Opinion: Here are some solutions to Michigan’s student debt
Updated 9:28 am PDT, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, a pedestrian passes beneath City Hall in Philadelphia during a winter storm. Paying off debt requires taking the right actions now to avoid problems down the road. FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, a pedestrian passes beneath City Hall in Philadelphia during a winter storm. Paying off debt requires taking the right actions now to avoid problems down the road. Photo: Matt Rourke, AP Photo: Matt Rourke, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, a pedestrian passes beneath City Hall in Philadelphia during a winter storm. Paying off debt requires taking the right actions now to avoid problems down the road. FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, a … [Read more...] about Millennial Money: Break free of debt without paying a price
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Laura Crimaldi and Jeremy C. Fox Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent February 24, 2019 It’s close to the perfect crime. The profits are easy. The victims are vulnerable. The illicit activity can be conducted almost anywhere — in vehicles, private residences, or storefronts — with little risk of being exposed.Commercial sex trafficking operations such as the one New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is accused of patronizing at a strip mall in Jupiter, Fla., have taken hold in plain sight across the country, including in Massachusetts, where a state law that created a separate crime for sex trafficking took effect only seven years ago. Advertisement “It’s a problem everywhere,” former Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley said Saturday. Coakley was the state’s top prosecutor in 2012 when the anti-sex-trafficking … [Read more...] about Sex traffickers ‘keep reselling people’