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Judges sentence youth offenders to chess, with promising results

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Since January 2018, every Friday afternoon, one campus classroom in Canada is transformed. Tables are set up with two chairs facing one another; a chess set invites players to begin. An interactive white board shows a game in progress. Off to the side, another board is set up with a “chess problem.”

 

At half past one, the players begin to show up. The room fills with noisy young voices, sharing how their week has gone and clamouring for cookies and juice.

 

The scene is like any youth gathering, with one difference: Group home workers and probation officers are in attendance.

 

 

This chess lover approves.

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I think this is nice. Teaches people a new skill and also gives people more confidence in themselves. 

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I worked with youthful offenders for a time. These kids usually lack structure, supervision, social skills, and leisure skills. Instead of using their time wisely and in constructive activities, they commit crimes. I think this is wonderful. 

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