Chicago teens dance in a summer nutrition program. (Getty Images photo)

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s pumping another $4.5 million into summer jobs, counseling and recreation programs to give 2,600 more “at-risk” Chicago teenagers a constructive alternative to the gang violence that claimed the life of an innocent victim: 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.

Nearly half the money will go to “Becoming A Man — A Sports Edition,” a program that has used a mix of counseling and Olympic sports like archery and judo to dramatically improve school attendance by troubled teens and reduce their arrests for violent crime.”

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