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New Study Shows Connection Between Youth Employment and Violence Reduction in Chicago

Photo by Daniel Schwen

Photo by Daniel Schwen

A recent article in Science found that youth who were enrolled in a summer employment program in Chicago were less likely to become arrested for a violent crime offense than a control group that did not receive any employment services. The employment program provided youth with paid internships as well as professional development workshops and personalized mentorship.

In the study’s abstract, the author writes that “The findings make clear that such programs need not be hugely costly to improve outcomes for disadvantaged youth; well-targeted, low-cost employment policies can make a substantial difference, even for a problem as destructive and complex as youth violence.”

For access to the article, please click here.

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