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Employers are often looking for people who can move up the chain of command and accept some of the responsibility for running and enhancing the company. None of these opportunities will come to your door looking for you if you are only subsisting on public entitlements.

I fully understand the uncertainty of the economic environment in which we live, but those with resources should do all they can to support and encourage young people who are stepping out in faith — frequently for the first time — looking for a job. Even a part-time job can lead to the acquisition of important skills. The more we groom our youth for success, the more we secure the future of our nation and the pursuit of happiness for all.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.