Cultivating An Ecosystem For Youth Development

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Tulane University students work alongside high school youth at Grow Dat Youth Farm.

The challenges of global youth employment are well documented (ILO, 2013). It is clear that youth around the globe without meaningful opportunities are much more likely to pursue a life of crime (Chi et al, 2013), terrorism (The Economist), and other risky behavior. A recent study of a youth summer jobs program in Chicago, for example, supports this thinking, reinforcing the popular proclamation that “nothing stops a bullet like a job” (“Curb crime”). Read more from SISE Instructor and Research Fellows Joshua Schoop at Youth Economic Opportunities.