Power of Good
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Power of Good is a podcast series that highlights the work of people doing great things, caring things, often life-saving things for other people. These are the altruists, the optimists, and the social entrepreneurs among us – those helping others across backgrounds, politics, and geography in compassionate and creative ways.
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Power Of Good 24 Boston Uncornered
Interview with Mark Culliton, CEO and Michelle Caldeira Senior Vice President of College Bound Dorchester, and the founders of Boston Uncornered, an initiative that pays formerly gang involved youth to complete high school equivalency programs and pursue college degrees.
Boston Uncornered is based on a theory of change that paying former gang members up $32,000 per years for an education stipend and other support services minimizes their criminal and violent activity. In this way, the initiative is highly cost-effective as compared to the estimated $100,000 per year the Commonwealth might otherwise pay for incarceration, courtroom time, probation, and on other subsidies.
Boston Uncornered’s theory of change also views formerly gang involved youth as “un tapped talent” – youth with intelligence and charisma that have the potential to become positive role models within their communities. By earning a degree and showing their neighborhood peers that there is another, better way to earn an honest living, these youth can become core influencers who encourage others to leave the gang and street life behind, go back to school, and earn a living wage.
Boston Uncornered currently enrolls more than 40 youth in the program, with the goal of recruiting 600 youth from six of Boston’s 14 hotspots, where the most violence and criminal activity occurs. Early evaluation results include a 78 percent rate of college persistence among participants, and an 85 percent lower rate of recidivism among program youth in comparison to similar, gang-involved youth.