Growing up poor sucks; I know first hand the joys of not having clothes that fit, duct tape on shoes in H.S., being fucking cold because I didn't have a jacket, and trying to pretend I was riding my bike in the mountains and snow for fun when the truth was my family didn't have a working car.
The way out for me was the Army and I happened to be decent at math, so I got an engineering degree. Education will get you out, if you pick the right kind of educaiton. I am not sure any given college degree is worth anything comparted to a solid trade: plumbing, electrical, welding, etc. Some are (e.g., accounting, engineering, nursing, etc). You know you and what you can do.
While the advice re: "some job" is good, you need to think long term. If it fucks with you getting a trade or in college, don't do it.
If it helps, yes, the economy is as bad as it was in the Great Depression, so you are not alone. And the government is again making it worse with stupid laws that keep businesses from hiring; there just happens to be a media that covers for the administration and technology is such that being poor is more tolerable than it was --- e.g., it's pretty easy not to starve, whereas that was not true in the the 1930s. Just don't fall into the trap of government dependence. Once in the system, you are fucked; I've never met anyone who got out.