JOB DESCRIPTION Title:    Grants Coordinator   Job Purpose: The Grants Coordinator is an essential part of Get IN Chicago’s mission to provide better life outcomes for youth living in communities hardest hit by poverty and violence. This position drives the overall administrative process of grant making and provides accurate, reliable and responsive service that is… Read More

Progress in addressing youth violence in Chicago, or anywhere, is extremely difficult without data and evidence about which programs work, for whom, and why. With that in mind, Get IN Chicago collaborated with the MacArthur Foundation to fund a project and research opportunity harnessing the city’s most innovative ideas in 2014. The Chicago Design Competition was… Read More

In 2016, Get IN Chicago supported an innovative mentoring and workforce development pilot program with Westside Health Authority (WHA).  Called Project AVERT (Avoiding Violence through Employment, Readiness, and Training), the program provides employment readiness and training for high-need youth populations in the Austin community: those with gang affiliations, justice system involvement, histories of violence, or who are… Read More

Cheryl Howard Neal MENTOR Illinois

MENTOR Illinois is currently providing technical assistance to mentoring organizations in our SYNC Cohort. Their support includes facilitating learning communities, sharing resources, and assisting mentor teams with strategies to improve engagement, retention, and outcomes. Learn more about a member of the MENTOR Illinois staff – Cheryl Howard-Neal, Director of Programs and Partnerships. How did you start working in youth… Read More

In conjunction with the Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative, NORC at the University of Chicago is currently evaluating the effectiveness of the Eisenhower Foundation Quantum Youth Development mentoring program being implemented by six Get IN Chicago grantees. The Eisenhower Quantum Opportunities Program (QOP) aims to encourage participants to finish high school,… Read More

In October, Get IN Chicago invited our technical assistance provider MENTOR Illinois to meet with SYNC mentors  for a session about establishing healthy boundaries to support work with acutely high-risk youth.  Besides mentors, these recommendations can benefit any service provider working with high-risk youth.  MENTOR Illinois has generously agreed to let us share highlights of… Read More

Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) is currently providing technical assistance to cognitive behavioral therapy organizations in our SYNC Cohort. ICOY’s support includes facilitating learning communities, sharing resources, and assisting therapy teams with strategies to improve engagement, retention, and outcomes. Learn more about a member of ICOY’s staff – Jackie Garlock, Program Manager. How did you start… Read More

While research shows that more than 45% of severely wounded victims of violence will be reinjured and 75% will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, one program is turning the tide for Chicago youth.  Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) is showing promising effects in reducing re-injury and traumatic symptoms for young gunshot and stabbing victims. Established in Philadelphia in 2008,… Read More

Get IN Chicago is pleased to welcome three interns to our team this fall: Rachel Phan and Michelle Sharpe, Gannon Scholars from Loyola University, and Tiffany Ward from John Marshall Law School. Rachel, Michelle, and Tiffany will assist with projects including grant compliance, communications, and research reports.  Generous funding from the Baum Family Fund supports… Read More

In 2015, 53% of nonprofits nationally reported having three months or less of cash on hand – and 12% reported having zero, according to a report from the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Funding from federal and state agencies has the potential to give organizations much-needed stability, but the application process can be intimidating to navigate.  With this… Read More