Program gives high school students their own money-making business

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By Jill Glavan

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 1, 2014) -- A new program is teaching high school students the right way to earn money.

Run through non-profit Dreamapolis, the "Young Dreamers" program is offered as a class at Arsenal Tech High School.

Every week - sometimes a few times a week - you'll find junior Cidney Roberts at the Indy Chamber of Commerce, checking and re-stocking a vending machine.

"It's been hard (work). It's paid off a lot," Roberts said.

Not only does Roberts get help at school to keep her grades up and look at colleges, she also runs that vending machine as a small business. She even gets to take home the profits.

"It teaches me discipline to come and in and check it every week," Roberts said.

"For us to be able to provide a way for these teenagers to make money, so they can do things they want to do ... it keeps them off the street," Kendrea Williams with Dreamapolis said.

It's not making the kids rich, but it is teaching them lessons to get them there someday. Roberts hopes to own her own clothing line.

"There’s a lot of kids that don’t have ... people that will encourage them to do good things. Everybody needs that one person that will push them to go further in life," Roberts said.

The program has been so successful, they plan to expand it to other schools soon. In one case, a student who never planned to go to college is beginning his freshman year at Central State University.

For more information, go to the Dreamapolis website here.

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