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Summer jobs add up to less violence in study

Work changes city youth, research suggests

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.

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