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A thrift shop in Eastman is helping at-risk youth go back to school.
ReSell Therapy is a non-profit thrift store in Eastman that benefits RAFT. That stands for Reaching America's Future Today.
It's an organization aimed at teaching teenagers the value of an education.
Nine teenagers currently work at the store as part of a work-study program under RAFT.
They make a stipend of $6 per hour, with no withholdings. That means they get to take home every single dollar they earn.
To work at ReSell Therapy, teenagers must currently be working towards a degree, whether that's a GED, college, or beyond.
RAFT Inc. CEO Billy Yarbrough owns and operates the store, but he says 100% of the profit made at ReSell Therapy goes right back into the RAFT program.
He says his reward is more than monetary.
"What makes it worth it for me to see young people come into this program who have actually walked away from school, and you talk with them 6 months later and they're applying to college," Yarbrough said. "They're doing it seriously because they understand that that makes a difference."
ReSell Therapy has seen about 150 teenagers come through its work-study program since it began in 2010.
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