Study Links Summer Jobs Programs to Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Youth

Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston released a study linking summer youth employment programs to positive behavioral, economic and academic outcomes for urban teens. The study was conducted by Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino, an associate professor at Northeastern University who teaches in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics. She was previously a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

According to the study’s abstract, Modestino collected survey results from teens enrolled in a summer youth employment programs and linked the survey results to criminal justice outcomes. Teens who experienced improved social skills and attitudes toward their communities because of their jobs also tended to commit fewer crimes than students who had not been enrolled in a similar program, Modestino found.

The goal of the BBA Summer Jobs program is not only to provide teens with paid summer employment and offer them an opportunity for professional development. Through enrichment seminars, participants are encouraged to think about their education after high school, financial responsibility, civic engagement and other long-term goals. We were thrilled to see a study confirming the effectiveness of a summer job as an achievement-booster for students in Boston. To read the study, please click here.