Role models sought for urban youth

Aug. 9, 2007 at 3:45 PM
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LONDON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A study commissioned by Britain’s Department for Communities and Local Government says black teens need better role models.

The study done by Reach, a government advisory panel, said role models are needed to keep black teenagers from a world of gangs and criminality, The Telegraph reported Thursday.

According to the study young black men are being led into bad lifestyles by rap stars, celebrities and sportsmen who glamorize gangster life, adding this behavior causes teens to have low aspirations and could result in them dropping out of school and getting into gang-related trouble.

They say they believe the issue is becoming so widespread that Britain may spend around $48.5 billion over the next 50 years on lost taxes, criminal justice and healthcare costs.

Now, the report calls for the government to institute a national program to encourage successful professionals to become mentors for black urban teenagers.

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