This August, Get IN Chicago announced $2.8 million worth of funding for new partnerships, technical assistance, and special projects such as Youth Shout Out.  Earlier in the month, our Violence Response Initiative announcement put our total award amount for 2015 to nearly 8 million.  Altogether, these funds will impact more than 4,000 youth in Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and West Englewood.

These grants are part of our collective impact objective, one of four strategic approaches Get IN Chicago currently employs to reduce violence from all angles.  By aligning existing resources, providing capacity support, and supporting high-quality, evidence-based programming, collective impact ensures that we invest in projects making the biggest difference to our youth.

“We have charted an ambitious course to fund effective violence prevention strategies that can be maintained for years to produce the greatest impact,” said Dr. Toni Irving, Executive Director of Get IN Chicago. “We look forward to expanding our collaborations with community partners, and toward that end, our goal will be to grant at least $1 million more in funding in 2015 and $12 million in grants in 2016.”

Each project will be monitored, measured, and evaluated by Get IN Chicago staff over the coming year.  Staff will also provide support to keep each project on track to reach recruitment, retention, and impact goals to ensure success.  We look forward to learning more about which approaches work best and can be expanded on larger scales in the future.