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President To Recognize Chicago Program For At-Risk Youth

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(CBS) – For the second time this week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take part in a White House ceremony.

On Tuesday, he came away with $70 million for an innovative design institute.

On Thursday, President Obama, Emanuel’s former boss, is expected to recognize a Chicago program for at-risk inner city youth, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

“I’m also proud he’s bringing further national recognition to what we started here in Chicago,” Emanuel said.

It began with last year’s visit to Obama’s old neighborhood high school in Hyde Park. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker spoke with two teen-agers who will be in Washington on Thursday.

The Youth Guidance Becoming a Man, or BAM, program first hit CBS 2’s radar screen when a University of Chicago Crime Lab study showed a 44 percent reduction in violent-crime arrests among its participants.

Participants go through a series of after-school activities, counseling and mentoring.

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