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Forgoing School To Pay The Bills

Starting a career in a struggling economy is difficult, no matter what your background. But for young people in Langley Park, Md., a predominantly immigrant community near Washington D.C., it is fraught with additional economic and family pressures.

While some of the challenges Langley Park youth face are common to other children growing up in poverty, according to a new study by the, they tend to face an additional, unique barrier: they are four times more likely than other people their age to leave school early to help provide for their families.