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L.A. School Helps Kids By Forcing Them To Work

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L.A. School Helps Kids By Forcing Them To Work

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L.A. School Helps Kids By Forcing Them To Work

L.A. School Helps Kids By Forcing Them To Work

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In South Los Angeles, nearly one half of all high school students drop out before graduation day. At Verbum Dei it's a different story — in part due to the Catholic school's unusual strategy. The young men who attend are required to supplement their tuition by working one day a week.

School administrators say it helps students take more pride in their education. The program seems to be working; in past years, every single Verbum Dei student has gone on to college.

We follow around student Ramon Quevedo to see how the program has helped him transform his life.