CANS Praed Foundation Get IN Chicago

Effective support for acutely high-risk youth must address their most pressing needs while leveraging their greatest strengths.  With that in mind, Get IN Chicago’s Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative embeds individualized treatment plans into its programming.  In particular, the SYNC intake system utilizes the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)… Read More


Panelists and staff at Get IN Chicago's event

On February 9, 2018, Get IN Chicago hosted an in-depth briefing about the innovative Healing Hurt People program, a public health approach to breaking the cycle of violence.   Established in Philadelphia in 2008, Healing Hurt People engages violently injured individuals in Level 1 trauma centers to provide comprehensive support and mental health services.  In 2014,… Read More


James Worthington Cook County Juvenile Probation with Get IN Chicago grantee

Relationships with trusted adults and participation in effective programming can make an enormous difference in the life of a young person, but how can we keep them engaged?  Our January SYNC Learning Collaborative session focused on the question of youth engagement, with input from Cook County Juvenile Probation representatives, Get IN Chicago technical assistance providers, and… 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


Pie chart illustrating ages of study participants. The majority are 16-18 years old.

Get IN Chicago research suggests that a combination of certain factors can increase a young person’s risk of participating in gun violence.  Our Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative was designed to meet the unique needs of this group, whom we term acutely-high risk, and a baseline analysis shows that we are… Read More


KLEO mentor with Hirsch HS football player

A student who is chronically absent during high school is seven times more likely to drop out and miss the academic gains, connections to caring adults, and support for future orientation that schools can provide. According to research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, school engagement and attendance is a factor that contributes to healthy adolescent… Read More


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