In January 2005, "Generation Debt" began appearing as a biweekly column in the Voice. I've been covering all kinds of issues affecting young people's economic lives, from military recruitment of working-class kids, to student loan consolidation, to the right to an education for young mothers on welfare, to Russell Simmons' foray into "phat" banking and tax planning.
You can find links to all the past columns here:
No Trust Fund? Try Food Stamps
Down and out in Brooklyn, young artists turn to public assistance
Feeling a Draft?
Poor kids of color fight the Pentagon
Gray-haired pols keep yammering about Social Security, but it's young people who need to be heard
Borrow More Now! Pay More Later!
Bush's big plan for sticking it to us again
The Blue-Blood Revolution
A movement to help the poorest students grows—at the Ivies
Kids in the Thrall
You make chump change. And Congress likes it that way.
Big banks do billions in student loans—and that means less money for you
Russell Simmons, Tax Man
Hip-hop mogul helps young and broke get refunds—for a price
Smarty grads find easy money in SAT prep for wealthy, nerved-up kids
Poor Students, Fast Learners
Welfare moms fight for a right they have—to stay in school.
I Was a Really Young Real Estate Mogul
Can't afford rent? Buy instead—but carefully
High Interest in Low Interest
Student borrowers scramble to beat a deadline for cheap rates