Study: Summer Jobs Programs Reduce Youth Violence

Chicago summer jobs program for high school students dramatically reduces youth violence

Chicago’s One Summer Plus logo. Credit: City of Chicago

“A public summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania. The randomized controlled trial is published in the journal Science.

This research comes as employment in the summer months, when teenagers are most likely to work, is near a 60-year low. The challenges facing minority and low-income youth are particularly stark; the 2010 employment rate for low-income black teens in Illinois was less than one-fourth the rate for higher-income white teens: 9 percent vs. 39 percent.” ~ http://www.phys.org/news

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-12-chicago-summer-jobs-high-school.html#jCp

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