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