Chicago Mentoring Program Decreases Youth Violence
July 16, 2012 | Publication | Community & Economic Development

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.