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
Helping to increase social and economic opportunities for low-income Chicagoans, MacArthur supports the New Communities Program, a comprehensive community revitalization effort in 16 Chicago neighborhoods, as well as communication of its lessons learned to other cities and the field.