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After-School Program Promoting Youth Empowerment, Black Culture Helped Reduce Violence

February 23, 2022

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According to a new University of Michigan study, an after-school program specifically designed to address racial and economic disparities affecting Black youth and empowering them to be a positive change in their community has long-term effects on behavior. The analysis looked at five years of data. It compared results of students participating in regular after-school programs to those who took part in the Youth Empowerment Solutions program, which focuses on implementing a curriculum that acknowledges structural, historical, and contemporary racism, said lead author Elyse Thulin, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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