Youth unemployment and violence

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Does youth unemployment lead to violence?  Charles Jefferson, a journalism student at Columbia College and member of the youth advisory board of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, talks to staff members at Street-Level Youth Media who believe it does.

In a new article at North Lawndale Community News – part of a series on youth violence issues coordinated by the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention – Jefferson surveys neighborhood and global youth unemployment levels as well as state and federal efforts to address the problem.

And he identifies one new reason for higher levels of youth unemployment: adults taking jobs traditionally held by teens.

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