An engineer decides to cash in his retirement and start fresh with his wife as his business partner. The 51-year-olds took the plunge after going through five layoffs since they got married nearly 30 years ago. Take a look at this DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Economy story. There are lessons here.
Many manufacturing jobs lost in the recession aren't coming back. In their place: new high tech jobs forcing workers to be more highly skilled than ever. It's the new wave in manufacturing coming to play more than ever in the recovering economy. It's the new face of the blue collar worker: part blue collar, part white collar.
*That's the motto of Homeboy Industries - an L.A. non-profit that gives gangbangers an alternative to street life, and helps them get OUT. The group provides everything from education, to job training and placement, to mental health counseling... even tattoo removal.
Homeboy does a lot of good, for individuals and for the community. But as it says on their website, "Homeboy needs help."
Kyra talked to Father Greg Boyle, the group's founder, and David Oropeza, an ex-gang member.
(For more information about Homeboy Industries, or to make a donation, click here.)