“Michael” didn’t care about high school, which was clear from all the F’s on his report card. He was also in the juvenile justice system, but he wanted to stay out of trouble in the future. Then he was accepted into Common Wealth Development
’s Youth-Business Mentoring Program, and he took the initiative to get a job at a local grocery store.
Michael said, “I really like working and I don’t want to lose that. . . . My job keeps me out of trouble and puts me in a better place. I think about what could happen, and I choose to do the better thing. . . . I’m much more motivated to go to class now so that I can get a better job. I’m looking at the big picture – not going to school is not going to help me get a better job.” This is what Common Wealth Development can do for countless teens.