This article was forwarded to me by the Black Star Project email newsletter. When I tried to find the article on the Chicago Tribune web site, I searched for about 10 minutes and could not find the story. Visit the Research section on this web site and find more articles that show the impact of poverty on violence and concentrated big city poverty on academics and high school drop out rates. Then read the articles on social capital, and consider how volunteers involved in well-organized, long-term tutor/mentor programs, can help youth cope with the impact of violence and poverty in their lives.
Finally, look at the maps created by the Tutor/Mentor Connection, and find a program where you can be a volunteer and/or donor/benefactor, so you can help high impact tutor/mentor programs grow in the lives of more inner city youth.
Research Finds that Violence and Murders Negatively Affect the Academic Performance of Black Students in Chicago