1937 Y.B. 8 (1937)
The Chicago Area Project

handle is hein.journals/yrbok21 and id is 14 raw text is: The Chicago Area Project'
ERNEST W. BURGESS, JOSEPH D. LOHMAN,
CLIFFORD R. SHAW
Institute for Juvenile Research, Chicago
HE Chicago Area Project is a program which seeks
to discover by actual demonstration and measure-
ment a procedure for the treatment of delinquents
and the prevention of delinquency in those neighborhoods
of the city which have for more than thirty-five years
produced a disproportionately large number of delinquent
boys and girls in the Cook County Juvenile Court. The
program is in operation in three such neighborhoods. Its
primary feature is the emphasis which it places upon the
participation of the residents of the neighborhood in plan-
ning and operating the program. The Project seeks to
determine to what extent constructive changes can be
effected in the social environment of the neighborhood
with consequent reduction in the volume of delinquency,
by providing to the residents facilities and professional
guidance for the development of their own program for
the welfare of their children.
In view of the fact that the distinctive emphasis in the
Project is to achieve the fullest possible neighborhood
participation, it is necessary to develop among the local
residents a realization that the program is designed to
satisfy certain of their own fundamental needs. Its pur-
poses and mode of operation must be such as to appeal to
the sentiments and capture the imagination of the resi-
dents of the community. All of the activities in the pro-
gram are carried on with a view to making the neighbor-
1. From an unpublished manuscript.

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