Just above this post you can find one about "Lamar" and links to previous posts about him. I have some good news to report.
With a lot of legwork to obtain a certified copy of his birth certificate, proof of his social security number and proof of address we got that state ID card and drove it down to the program office. Lamar is starting work today. While $250 a week (for a maximum of 13 weeks) is nothing like the $1000 a night that many of his peers are making selling drugs, it is a beginning.
Lamar will be doing light landscaping and participating in a program that will assign him a mentor and prepare him to apply, interview and work at a long term job. They will also help him develop a career path and determine with Lamar whether he should go back to school. I am really proud of him. It's a good start.
The program is grant funded. It seems to me that with all the money we spend on prisons, we might want to put some of our tax dollars to programs like this. We would come out ahead in the long run.