Blueprint for Change: From Ideas to Collective Impact Keynote Address by Tom Wilson Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Get IN Chicago Originally delivered at The Chicago Urban League 2016 Summit Luncheon Thank you, Jasper and thank you to the Chicago Urban League for hosting today’s dialogue. It’s a particular honor to be speaking to the Urban League. The Urban… Read More

by Samuel Scott III Board of Directors, Get IN Chicago Originally published in Crain’s Chicago Business The black community in Chicago is in crisis. Let me start with a few facts: In 2015, there were 399 homicides in the African-American community in the city, 80 percent of Chicago’s total. There were 3,046 shootings. Over 80 percent of the… Read More

by Toni Irving Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published in Microsoft Chicago  In 1971, lamenting a world of violence and brutality, Marvin Gaye released one of the greatest songs of all time, “What’s Going On.” This song resonated with me during my childhood, and I continue to see its themes reflected in Chicago. Like many,… Read More

Get IN Chicago is pleased to announce $300,000 in planning grant awards to lead agencies for its Community Collaboration and Resident Empowerment (CCRE) initiative.  These grants will support strategy and planning for projects focused on public safety in the communities of Austin, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, and Roseland. Lead agencies will coordinate their local CCRE… Read More

When we meet up, Latrice is hard at work, filling out a job application.  As a student at North Lawndale College Prep, she has a full senior schedule with Advanced Composition, English, Environmental Science, and Trigonometry.  She is also working on her senior project – a research paper on police brutality – and filling out college… Read More

Get IN Chicago’s partner organizations are doing amazing work to reduce youth violence across the city. If you are looking to support programs making a difference, consider supporting a Get IN Chicago grantee this holiday season! A few of our partners contacted us about specific needs. Read on for their suggestions, and help make the season… Read More

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Cooley High.  Cooley High, filmed in Cabrini Green and considered a classic of black cinema, follows a group of friends as they navigate the highs, lows, and adventures of their senior year. Cooley High captured the realities of at-risk youth in Chicago in the 60s.  40 years later, what… Read More

How can service learning benefit the most at-risk youth?  Get IN Chicago‘s most recent summit, Serving With Purpose, brought together national leaders with local service providers, researchers, funders, and community members to discuss and dissect the best solutions for our city.  The public event, held at The Chicago Community Trust, hosted 75 guests and focused on… Read More

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is meant to support Get IN Chicago by representing voices from our focus communities, collaborating to implement change, and informing Get IN Chicago and its partners about community needs and challenges. Past YAB events have included participation in Allstate’s Youth Shout Out partnership to develop safer neighborhoods and led discussions for the The… Read More

CHICAGO (Aug. 13) – Get IN Chicago, a public-private partnership, is providing $230,000 to community initiatives in five neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. Grant recipients – University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Cure Violence, UCAN and CeaseFire, and Youth Guidance – are using GIC funds to implement trauma response programs in Austin, Englewood, North… Read More