Boys and Girls Clubs in Public Housing Developments

S.P Schinke
January 1, 1992

This study demonstrates the positive impact of community-based youth programs by comparing three different scenarios—housing developments that had new clubs, those that had existing clubs, and those that had no clubs. In the communities that had existing and new clubs, incidents of vandalism, drug use, and vacant units were significantly lower. Also, parental involvement in youth activities was increased in those developments with clubs. The programming offered through the drop-in based club system included a substance abuse prevention program called SMART moves, which specifically targets high-risk youth. This research replicated findings of a similar 1956 study of a Boys Club in Louisville, Kentucky.