Kippi Clausen, director of Bridging the Gap at Mile High United Way, said the organization encourages participants to purchase smaller items, such as glasses or a computer, before saving for bigger things.
said the difficulty many young people have in managing credit and debit cards is a good reason to offer the debit cards through the program.
"We thought it would be important to have a debit card and work with kids on how to use it wisely," she
said, adding that her
organization's 300 savers have a total of about $70 in overdrafts every six weeks.
says a participant may be offered a "tune-up" after he
runs into a problem with a specific issue.