Experiences of trauma and prolonged stress are factors that significantly increase youth risk for violence.  We sat down with Eilene Ladson, LMFT, a trauma specialist with Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) to better understand PTSD in youth and what treatments are promising.  Read more …… Read More


Rufus Williams is the President and CEO of BBF (Better Boys Foundation), a social service agency in North Lawndale.  He shares with us misconceptions regarding youth violence, the best advice he ever received and how Get IN Chicago funding helps BBF serve acutely high-risk youth.  Read more …… Read More


Get IN Chicago had the opportunity to sit down with SYNC case managers and learn more about their day-to-day work, why we must never give up on a young person and how they couldn’t do their jobs without the support of their colleagues.  Read more …… Read More


Andrea Durbin is the Chief Executive Officer for the ILLINOIS COLLABORATION ON YOUTH (ICOY), which shapes practice and policies and builds the capacity of agencies so that children, youth and families are safe, healthy, and on the path to maximizing their potential.  ICOY merged with the Child Care Association of Illinois in 2017 to become the largest… Read More


A probation youth who meets a high number of risk factors for violence is more likely to be in need of intensive or specialized support and services to promote successful outcomes. These high-need, high-risk youth — and Get IN Chicago research puts that number at between 2,000 and 4,000 individuals in Chicago — benefit from experienced… Read More


Youth Guidance’s WOW program is a multifaceted, school year-long group counseling and clinical mentoring program that works to improve social-emotional competencies for girls in 7th-12th grade exposed to traumatic stressors in high risk and under-resourced communities. It was founded, in part, because studies show that young women are often left out of both the conversation… Read More


Get IN Chicago hosted service-providers, policy-makers, funders and community members for a rich day of discussion and innovation around youth violence prevention efforts at our Building Stronger Systems for Youth Symposium. Youth poet Kyla Strickler and Ben Austen, author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing kicked off the day followed by… Read More


Our current crisis in Chicago — and in other cities where youth violence is an issue — necessitates concentrating our anti-violence efforts where we have clear indicators as to the youth most at risk for violent behavior.    … Read More


Juvenile Probation Report – Chapin Hall – GIC A 2017 study of youth entering juvenile probation, conducted by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and commissioned by Get IN Chicago, focused on identifying characteristics of youth involved in firearms violence while on probation to better inform service provision. The study examined patterns that divided… Read More