Youth: More Boon Than Doggle

Since its inception in August 1964, the many-faceted, $2.5 billion anti-poverty program directed by Sargent Shriver's Office of Economic Opportunity has experienced a predictable pattern of controversy, red tape and scandal.

There have been beatings, riots and extortion at Job Corps camps, where underprivileged youths from 16 to 21 are housed and given job training. Bureaucratic delays in processing Job Corps applications have caused countless prospective trainees to lose interest in the program. In Chicago and other cities, critics of anti-poverty youth programs object chiefly that they are uninspired make-work projects...

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