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Jeremy Cohen

Juvenile Violent Crime (Problem/Solution)

Have you ever wondered what kids do after school? Well, many of them are left unsupervised until their parents get home. Data has shown that Juvenile violence peaks in the afterschool hours on school days and in the evenings on non-school days. On non-school days, the incidence of juvenile violence increases through the afternoon and early evening hours, peaking between 7pm and 9pm. The number of school days in a year is essentially equal to the number of non-school days in a year. Despite this split, most (63%) violent crimes committed by juveniles occur on school days. Nearly one-fifth (19%) of juvenile violent crimes occur in the 4 hours between 3pm and 7pm on school days. A smaller proportion of juvenile crime (15%) occurs during the standard juvenile curfew hours of 10pm to 6am (inclusive of both school and non-school days). The annual number of hours in the curfew period ( 8 hours every day in the year) is 4 times greater than the number of hours in the in the 3pm to 7pm period on school days (4 hours in half of the days in the year). Therefore, the rate of juvenile violence in the afterschool period is 5 times the rate in the juvenile curfew period (inclusive of both school and non-school days). Consequently, efforts to reduce juvenile crime after school would appear to have greater potential to decrease a community's violent crime rate than do juvenile curfews.

Why does this happen? the problem is that 15.1 million kids in America are left unsupervised after school. What is the solution? Resolve to keep kids involved in positive activities afterschool instead of leaving them unsupervised and more willing to yield to peer pressure and bad behavior. Boys and Girls Club of America provides a safe place for kids to learn and grow every day after school. They are open from 3:00-6:30. Find one near you to keep juveniles out of crime statistics.

Source:

http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa3301.asp

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Graduation Rates (Compare/ Contrast)

There is good and bad news in terms of High School Graduation rates. Whenever someone asks me if I want to hear the good news or bad news first, I always ask for the bad news first. So hear is the bad news, the Chicago Public Schools graduation rate hit 69% in 2013-2014. This was up by 4 percent from the previous year so the City of Chicago would like you to think this is a good thing. While it is good that the graduation rate is up from the previous year, 69% is still inadequate and basically means that not even 7 out of 10 students will graduate from high school. Many factors can prevent students from reaching this goal. Homelessness, no family support structure and other factors can easily overwhelm students and they don’t have the ambition to defy the odds. Now for the good news, 90% of Boys and Girls Club of America alumni reported to have graduated from high school in a Harris Survey. The Boys and Girls Club of America has programs for High School juniors and seniors that help them plan for a future like college or career preparation programs and money management program that help with applying for financial assistance. This is real world support for these students and possibly what is missing from the public school programs. These types of programs inspire students to venture into the future with a plan.

Source: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/09/05/chicago-public-schools-show-real-graduation-rate-progress

http://bgca.org/whywecare/Pages/KidsInCrisis.aspx?_ga=1.82877983.807417009.1432580667

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