A study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab finds that a group counseling and mentoring program was successful in reducing youth violence in Chicago. The MacArthur-supported study, which was uniquely structured like a randomized clinical trial, shows that violent crime arrests among youth who participated in the BAM-Sports Edition program decreased by 44 percent and school engagement among participants increased. Over the next three years, the Crime Lab will work with several partners to create a follow-up study that will provide academic tutoring and mentoring programs to more than 2,000 Chicago Public School students. Read the University of Chicago press release.
Community & Economic Development
MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports neighborhood revitalization, prevention of youth violence, and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is also exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.