Results for a new two-year Becoming a Man (BAM) randomized control trial conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab were recently announced by national leaders at the Obama Administration’s 5th National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in Baltimore. New evaluation findings reveal that BAM participation reduces violent crime arrests by 50% and total arrests by 35%. These findings show a return of as much as $30 for each dollar invested in BAM from the reduction in crime alone. Also, in a long-term follow-up to the first BAM study (2009-10), researchers found that BAM increased on-time high school graduation rates by 19%.
The results are to be included in a forthcoming paper in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and are now available as a working paper at http://www.nber.org/papers/w21178.pdf. We are excited about these wonderful results which confirm that sizable changes in outcomes are possible through social-emotional counseling that helps at-risk youth develop positive self-identities and create optimistic future orientations.
See coverage of the new study results – which includes the Chicago Sun-Times, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today – at https://www.youth-guidance.org/press_media.
At this incredible moment for Youth Guidance, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the champions and supporters that have made BAM’s growth and impact possible. Mayor Emanuel, in particular, has shown tremendous leadership in his support of our work. The Chicago Public Schools is an invaluable partner.
The philanthropic community has been a strong partner in support of BAM. Youth Guidance is profoundly appreciative for the philanthropic leadership shown by Get IN Chicago, the lead funder of BAM at twelve Chicago Public Schools.
We also recognize the major support of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; Polk Bros Foundation; Reva & David Logan Foundation; Sodexo, Inc.; National Philanthropic Trust; Paul M. Angell Foundation; The Boeing Company; The Chicago Community Trust; Thrive Foundation for Youth; Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation; two anonymous donors; The True North Fund and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Chicago Bears; Chicago Bulls; Chicago White Sox Charities; Corrugated Supplies Company, Hilco Global, Kemper Educational and Charitable Fund, Laura Purcell Herbert Family Foundation, Michael Reese Health Trust, National Basketball Association, Ravenswood Health Care Foundation, and Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
We also especially want to recognize the generosity of individuals that serve as BAM school sponsors: Mark & Julie Gerstein, John R. Raitt, and Paul C. and Diane Reilly.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us meet youth where they are so that they can develop the skills they need to thrive.
Michelle Adler Morrison