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The Summer Youth Program (SYP) was a plan by the American government to improve the future income of the youths, who are underprivileged. It was also intended to lower incarceration and rescue destitute lives. Before execution, economists were skeptical about its real economic value. Author Alexander Gelber assessed the effectiveness of the Summer Youth Program in New York City, together with two co-authors. They obtained the following key findings revealing that the benefits exceed the costs of such programs. By around October 2014, about eighty-six persons had benefited significantly from the SYP program, which lasted for four years. between 2005 and 2008. It could not however be fully associated with higher future income or enrollment in schools (Da Costa ‘Wall Street Journal’). The lives and welfare of these disadvantaged groups in America were however changed for the better.