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With an eddy of leaves trailing behind them, Carmen and Lupita Andrade take off in their father's old truck, a couple of high school girls learning to drive.

They move in a herky-jerky motion around their backyard with their father, Victor, offering a bit of coaching in Spanish as they make their way past the chicken coop and back and forth across the bumpy yard.

"The reason I want to get my license is to be more independent," Carmen says, "so I won't have to rely so much on my parents."

In the waning mid-October afternoon sunlight, it could be just another teenage driving lesson, but Carmen and Lupita are far from ordinary 16-year-olds.