Pretty but poorer: Boyle Heights’ pricey proms

The average U.S. high school senior spends, according to a Visa survey, $919 on his or her prom. The high cost of these and other graduation events place a heavy financial burden on students and parents, especially in a low-income neighborhood like Boyle Heights. “It’s tradition more than anything, what society expects, because she is going to graduate. She wants to go to her prom. She wants to be seen. She wants to look pretty. But I know that it won’t help her at all with her education.” Read the detailed story on Boyle Heights Beat.

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