Scotland Finds Old Way to Put Unemployed Kids to Work

As it tries to stay off the brink of a double-dip recession, Scotland is taking a page from American history and implementing its own version of a program that started in the 1930s and helped pull America out of the Great Depression.

The program would hire unemployed young people to do manual labor to help the environment, from planting trees to creating parks, as the Civilian Conservation Corps did from 1933 to 1944. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came up with the idea to help unemployed men ages 18 to 24.