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Study: Summer jobs cut down on youth violence

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Students are less likely to participate in violent activity if they're working, according to researchers at The University of Chicago.

Through their study, they monitored the effects of a Chicago program that gives part-time summer jobs to high schoolers in poor or violent neighborhoods.

The jobs given out through the program include: camp counselors, community garden workers or office assistants. The researchers found that the jobs were associated with a 43% decrease in arrests in violent crime, but that's not all; they also found that that decrease lasted at least a year after the jobs were done.

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