Cook County has long been a leader for innovation in juvenile justice efforts.  In 1993, the county was selected as one of four initial model sites for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), which sought to reduce the use of detention for youth accused of nonviolent crimes.  Today, the JDAI has expanded to more than… Read More


Get IN Chicago has invested millions of dollars into local efforts for safer communities and brighter futures.  By the end of 2017, our support had helped caring mentors, compassionate therapists, and community leaders connect with more than 14,000 individuals on the south and west sides of Chicago.  See how these investments are making a difference… Read More


Get IN Chicago is pleased to introduce Jessica Omana, our new Grants Coordinator!  Jessica will be the day-to-day contact to assist grantees with questions about data, tracking, and the Cityspan system. Prior to starting at Get IN Chicago, Jessica worked at Aon Hewitt as a Senior Investment Analyst.  There, she managed almost $10 billion in corporate… Read More


Advocate, counselor, surrogate parent, role model, friend – in youth services, case managers take on a number of different roles.  Think of a case manager like a marathon coach: providing tips to make you stronger, offering an understanding of the course, and helping you navigate the best strategy to the finish line. Case managers connect young… Read More


Get IN Chicago’s STAR Awards are designed to encourage, promote, and recognize members of SYNC mentoring and therapy teams who have demonstrated a spirit of collaboration, a tireless commitment to youth, have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and have been responsive to the unique needs of youth they serve.  Congratulations to the… Read More


Forty years of evidence shows that enlisting families as partners in juvenile justice rehabilitation efforts results in better public safety outcomes, according to a recent report by the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic.  The report, titled “Parents as Partners: Family Connection and Youth Incarceration,” is… Read More


While youth activism for gun control has recently captured national attention, young people in Chicago have long been engaged in efforts to demand action.  A number of organizations, including Get IN Chicago grantees Healing Hurt People-Chicago, Chicago Urban League, and Westside Health Authority, are working hard to ensure that the voices of youth affected by… Read More


parents in the Get IN Chicago Parenting Fundamentals class at Altgeld Gardens

Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) is one of three Get IN Chicago grantees currently receiving support for evidence-based parent leadership programs.  The team at MFS uses the Parenting Fundamentals model with caregivers in Englewood, Roseland, and most recently, South Shore.  In addition to leading the curriculum for hundreds of parents in those communities over the past… Read More


by Lauren Morrissey, Gannon Scholar Intern from Loyola University Get IN Chicago is proud to announce that the Police/Youth Baseball Leagues are returning for summer 2018. This unique program will serve 300 youth ages 9-12 in the Austin, North Lawndale and Englewood neighborhoods. The Police/Youth Baseball Leagues blend summer fun with a purpose much bigger… Read More


In November, Get IN Chicago honored 63 outstanding SYNC mentoring participants with the Brighter Futures Youth Award for exceptional progress toward education, employment, or future goals and improving their relationships with family and peers. Six SYNC mentoring organizations nominated youth:  BBF Family Services, Chicago Urban League, KLEO, UCAN, Westside Health Authority, and Youth Advocate Programs. … Read More