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


NORC and Get IN Chicago research includes insights from 637 acutely high-risk youth Chicago, IL – March 16, 2018 –  A recent report on youth at high risk of violence revealed that teens see their families as strong supports but also have ongoing needs for mental health and trauma services.  The findings, part of a… Read More


Lauren Morrissey Loyola Get IN Chicago

Get IN Chicago is pleased to add another intern to our team this spring: Lauren Morrissey, a Gannon Scholar from Loyola University! Lauren joins two other current interns: Rachel Phan, also a Gannon Scholar from Loyola University, and Tiffany Ward from John Marshall Law School.  Lauren, Rachel, and Tiffany will assist with projects including grant… Read More


Kevin Murillo

Get IN Chicago awarded Metropolitan Family Services a grant to provide intake, case management, and social services for our Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative.  Staff from Metropolitan Family Services work with teams of mentors and clinicians to screen potential participants, develop individualized service plans, and provide ongoing support for needs such as housing, job… Read More


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


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


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