The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Becoming A Man, along with other locally based projects, “are programs that work” against youth violence, Sen. Dick Durbin said after a Wednesday, Aug. 8 presentation at the Sinai Community Institute.
“We have to solve this problem block by block,” he said of youth violence. Durbin was at the institute to learn about Chicago efforts to fight youth violence and to talk with representatives of the Crime Lab; Youth Guidance, which runs BAM; the Sinai Community Institute; and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.
After meeting with those leaders privately, Durbin met with a group of participants in the One Summer+Plus initiative, a jobs program intended to reduce crime. He learned about the counseling provided by BAM, a program the UChicago Crime Lab evaluated as successful, and along with Crime Lab Co-Director Harold Pollack, witnessed a team-building exercise that the BAM counselors and students conducted.