Penny had her first day of work last week.
That’s right. Work. Employment. Four hours, three days a week, at a local cafe and bakery.
She made brownies and spicy walnuts and came home with traces of flour and sugar and chocolate.
I dropped her off on her first day. She squeezed my hand and said, “Mom, this is a dream come true.”
The state of Connecticut has a job program for teens like Penny. They coordinate with local businesses to find summer jobs. The local business pays minimum wage. The state provides a job coach. Everyone wins.
This is what it looks like to assume that everyone can contribute, everyone belongs, and everyone can find ways to make their dreams come true.
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