A new study that indi­cates low-​​income teenagers in Boston who hold summer jobs are less likely to engage in vio­lence was hailed by the mayor and other com­mu­nity leaders as proof that youth employ­ment pro­grams can change people’s lives.

For the study, researchers at North­eastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies polled 421 teenagers and young adults who found employ­ment last summer through a youth vio­lence pre­ven­tion col­lab­o­ra­tive over­seen by the State Street Foun­da­tion, the char­i­table arm of the Boston finan­cial ser­vices company.

In con­fi­den­tial ques­tion­naires, 3 per­cent of youths reported threat­ening or attacking someone with a gun during the month before starting their jobs, said Andrew Sum, a North­eastern pro­fessor and director of the market studies center.

When the job pro­gram ended, less than 1 per­cent said they had done so in the pre­vious month, Sum said.


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