austin ylt 2016

Community-based program provides coding, computer skills and professional development to acutely high-risk youth in neighborhoods hit hardest by poverty and violence  Chicago – September 8, 2016 – Violence historically spikes during the summer months, but in Chicago, hundreds of kids were indoors, logged onto computers and learning to code. For the second year, Get IN… Read More


After a successful first year of Youth-Led Tech, both Get IN Chicago and Smart Chicago made a move to expand the program to non-traditional students for 2016.  The teams added screening tools to increase recruitment of youth most at-risk of violence as opposed to other academic, health, or economic risks.  While this group of youth… Read More


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Get IN Chicago is pleased to award 11 grants for safe, structured summer programs.  Chosen with a review committee of nine donors and practitioners, these awards will support pro-social activities such as mentoring, therapy, sports, arts, and restorative justice programs for acutely high-risk youth. Including additional summer grants to Smart Chicago, BBF Family Services, and Teamwork Englewood, Get… Read More


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The Youth-Led Tech summer 2016 program is part of a study that is led by MDRC and funded by the MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with Get IN Chicago. All youth who apply to Youth-Led Tech and are eligible for the program will be included in the study, even if they are not selected for the… Read More


YG Summer Program 2015

2015 marked Get IN Chicago’s first official summer funding cycle.  While the majority of our funding is dedicated to evidence-based programs ready for rigorous measurement, we adjust our approach for summer programs.  Summer is a time when violence peaks in Chicago.  Consequently, our summer funding guidelines place a high priority on whether an activity is safe, fun, and… Read More


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Last summer, Get IN Chicago teamed up with Smart Chicago for its inaugural Youth-Led Tech program.  Billed as a combination of mentoring, technology, and workforce development, Youth-Led Tech gave 141 young people in Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, and Roseland six weeks of web design instruction and support.  By the end of the summer,… Read More