Good News: Youth Employment Slows Violence. Bad News: Youth Unemployment Is Spiking.
National Journal - 07/09/2013
It may sound obvious, but a new study shows that it’s also true: Teen employment helps keep kids out of trouble. Researchers from Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies found that in Boston, low-income teenagers with summer jobs are less prone to violence and drug and alcohol use.
The center’s director hailed the study’s results, saying, “Disadvantaged kids benefit the most from job-creation programs.” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino jumped on board, telling The Boston Globe on Monday that summer employment gives “the kids hope, gives them an opportunity they never had.”