The summer youth have been working hard! Just recently they were given

Van Crawford

Van Crawford

their first paychecks of about $30 for their attendance at the orientation into the summer program. The thought of money being given to the youth for their work pleased many of them. With the sensational feeling of being paid, many youth have thought of many different ways to start spending their money.

For most of the youth, their first thoughts were to use their debit cards on their lunch. The enjoyment of being able to buy anything for yourself, and especially something that you need or really want, has given these workers a great incentive to keep working. Although, with the limited amount of money in the first paycheck, the youth had to be careful not to get crazy with their spending.

Some youth say that they would rather just put their money aside and save it. Youth supervisor, Dajah Blackwell, has made the decision to save her money. She says she would much rather spend her money when she’ll need it when she goes back to school, at Virginia State University. On the flip side, splurging has definitely become popular with the recent paycheck. Summer youth, Darion Parker, has used his money for transportation purposes, food, and anything else he can afford. Summer Youth, Kristin Cousins, has a different outlook on the use of her money. She has given some money away, to help fund a trip to King’s Dominion with her school.

When it comes to money, there are no rules or guidelines on how to best use it, the best advice is just to use common sense. Since there are so many possibilities on what to do with money, confusion arises on what to buy; and just as the old cliché says, “The more money, the more problems.” The summer youth have definitely worked hard for it though. They are already anticipating their next payday; some are even already planning their next purchase.

–Van Crawford

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