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

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

In October, Get IN Chicago invited our technical assistance provider MENTOR Illinois to meet with SYNC mentors  for a session about establishing healthy boundaries to support work with acutely high-risk youth.  Besides mentors, these recommendations can benefit any service provider working with high-risk youth.  MENTOR Illinois has generously agreed to let us share highlights of… Read More

Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) is currently providing technical assistance to cognitive behavioral therapy organizations in our SYNC Cohort. ICOY’s support includes facilitating learning communities, sharing resources, and assisting therapy teams with strategies to improve engagement, retention, and outcomes. Learn more about a member of ICOY’s staff – Jackie Garlock, Program Manager. How did you start… Read More

While research shows that more than 45% of severely wounded victims of violence will be reinjured and 75% will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, one program is turning the tide for Chicago youth.  Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) is showing promising effects in reducing re-injury and traumatic symptoms for young gunshot and stabbing victims. Established in Philadelphia in 2008,… Read More

In 2015, 53% of nonprofits nationally reported having three months or less of cash on hand – and 12% reported having zero, according to a report from the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Funding from federal and state agencies has the potential to give organizations much-needed stability, but the application process can be intimidating to navigate.  With this… Read More

Partnerships and innovation linked to improved engagement for caregivers of teens Research from University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Justice shows that youth living in families with healthy functioning patterns were less likely to be involved in violence, even when exposed to high levels of violence in their neighborhoods.  So far this year,… Read More

No longer easily dismissed as a fad, social media now saturates much of our lives and particularly the lives of our youth.  According to a 2015 report from the Pew Research Center, 92% of youth access the internet daily and almost a quarter of them admit to being “constantly online.”  While the negative impact of all… Read More

by Emily Orenstein, University of Chicago Institute of Politics intern The SYNC cohort’s collaboration continued August 18th at the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT) with a second session from MENTOR Illinois. Often used as a way for teachers to share learnings and improve methods, this Professional Learning Community (PLC) model has also shown… Read More

Get IN Chicago introduced an ambitious project in 2016 to put its five recommendations into practice.  Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) focuses on providing supportive services to acutely high-risk youth in seven Chicago communities hardest hit by poverty and violence, including Austin, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Shore, Englewood, West Englewood, and… Read More