In America, turning 18 for some means being able to finally get into clubs and staying out after curfew. In Italy, however, turning 18 means receiving a €500 stipend to buy books, go to concerts, national parks, museums, and movies.
Well, Italy, you’re doing a great thing here. In America, turning 18 is less exciting. Italy is calling this stipend a “culture bonus” according to GalleyCat. Parliamentary undersecretary Tommaso Nannicini said, “The initiative sends a clear message to youngsters, reminding them that they belong to a community which welcomes them once they come of age.”
For some of us Americans who go to college at 18, we know the weight of book prices, especially textbooks. A stipend like Italy’s would take a weight off of our shoulders when it comes to entering school as well as encouraging us to take advantage of community cultural events.
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This stipend, although it will cost Italy “€290 million,” will go towards a good cause. This bonus is an incentive for young people to go out and experience the culture Italy has to offer.