How Do Summer Youth Employment Programs Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes, and for Whom?

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By Alicia Sasser Modestino | Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Summer youth employment programs (SYEPs) are believed to have the potential to improve the behavioral, economic, and academic outcomes of the populations they serve, particularly for inner-city, low-income, and non-white youth. As part of an embedded randomized controlled trial, during the summer of 2015, I […]

The Life-and-Death Consequences of Summer Jobs Programs

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And five other surprising takeaways from research into the programs that big-city mayors love to brag about. By Debra Bruno | Politico Since the 1960s, big-city mayors have touted the virtues of summer jobs programs for inner-city kids with almost religious faith. Paying a couple of thousand dollars to local businesses to give poor kids […]

Summer jobs for teens wane even as research finds big benefits

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By Laurent Belsie | The Christian Science Monitor After her parents were deported to Haiti when she was eight, Sherley Muscade lived with a family friend in the United States and, eventually, her aunt. She shifted schools often. She babysat during the summers. And then last year, she had her best summer ever: a job at […]

How Summer Jobs Programs Impact Young People Long After The Seasons Change

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By Shawn Bodden, Jill Kaufman | WBUR A new study out of Northeastern University finds that summer jobs programs for youth improve social skills and reduce violent crime. The study looked at participants in Boston’s summer jobs program and compared their outcome with a control group. The results showed a 35 percent reduction in violent crimes. Guests […]

Study shows lower crime by kids in summer job programs in Boston

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By Fox25 News A new study by the Boston Fed found violent crime dropped by almost half among young people who attended at least one summer job program in Boston. “We found a 35 percent reduction in violent crime and a 57 percent reduction in property crime,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, the study’s author. Boston […]

WBUR’s Morning Edition Broadcast: July 3, 2017

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Hear about Associate Director Alicia Sasser Modestino’s study showing how summer jobs reduce crime on WBUR’s Morning Edition Broadcast: July 3, 2017.

Professor Modestino’s research highlighted at Youth Employment Policy Forum

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By Boston PIC staff On Feb. 16, the PIC, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development hosted a Youth Employment Policy Forum. Mark Melnik of the UMass Donahue Institute and Alicia Sasser Modestino of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs presented findings from their respective research on trends in […]

Voc-tech schools are a Mass. success story

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4,400 students are on waitlists; let’s expand schools that work By Tom Birmingham | Commonwealth Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools are like the person who toils for years, only to be termed an “overnight sensation” when he or she finally achieves recognition. For over a decade the schools have quietly compiled an impressive record, and the time has come […]

Tricks of the Trade

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By WCVB A recent study published by the Brookings Institute shows that 20% of all American jobs are now in the STEM field, and only about half of those positions require a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Those so-called “blue-collar” jobs are in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and utility service fields. Often, going into a field that […]

Time to invest in voc-tech

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Waiting lists are long; employer demand high By Timothy P. Murray | Commonwealth Magazine The defeat of Question 2 to lift the cap on charter schools has left many on both sides of this issue wondering if any common ground can be found to expand student access to high performing public schools. The answer to that […]

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