Girls between the ages of 12 to 18 have a lot of reasons to avoid getting pregnant, but a maternity nurse in North Carolina concluded that they needed one more source of motivation. The nurse decided to start College Bound Sisters, a program that offers girls with sisters who got pregnant before they were 18 $1 a day not to get pregnant themselves. Participants also have to attend weekly meetings.
The girls don't get the daily dollar as pocket money (to spend on, say, birth control). Instead, $7 is deposited into an interest-bearing college fund that they collect when they graduate high school. Some girls have made as much as $2,000. If $1 a day isn't enough to keep one of the girls from getting pregnant, the money she previously earned is divided among the other participants.
I've heard about paying kids to do their homework — but it seems like there are already inherent financial incentives involved in avoiding teen pregnancy. Even so, setting up a college fund and having the girls attend meetings might be a good way to keep them on the right track. Do you think it sounds like a good idea?