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Program gives youths tools to cope with tough situations

by Justine Jablonska
Nov 19, 2009


"Becoming a man" values

1. Integrity
2. Accountability
3. Self-determination
4. Positive anger expression
5. Visionary goal setting
On Wednesday, the University of Chicago Crime Lab announced the launch of a new anti-violence program for adolescent boys in 15 citywide schools this month.

"Becoming a Man – Sports Edition" will combine the efforts of Youth Guidance, a Chicago social service agency, and World Sport Chicago.

The program comprises 27 weekly group sessions; each group has 15-20 students who have demonstrated a need for mentoring and male role-modeling and are struggling with behavioral issues and academics.

Chicago Police Supt. Jodi Weis said that while the program is fully endorsed by the police department, law enforcement cannot be the only solution to youth violence.

“It takes a change for the entire community,” Weis said. “It’s exciting that we have partners that will offer young men an opportunity to succeed.”

The program will be scientifically evaluated by the Crime Lab. According to the directors of the Crime Lab, if the program proves effective, it could become a model for anti-violence interventions nationwide.

Wednesday's announcement was followed by a demonstration of the program by Roberto Clemente High School students who have successfully completed the Becoming a Man program.