by Jim Reynolds and Tom Wilson, co-chairs, Get IN Chicago originally published in The Chicago Tribune The Sunday story “Emanuel-backed effort to fight violence falters” was highly critical of Get IN Chicago, a two year-old organization that enables the private sector to join in existing efforts to reduce the violence impacting Chicago’s youth. The article shows… Read More


by Toni Irving Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published in The Huffington Post In the continuing debate over law enforcement and race, we mustn’t lose sight of the most critical issue – one that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his mission. While the dialogue exploring the relationship between police and African American… Read More


by Jim Reynolds Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Get IN Chicago Originally published in Crain’s Chicago Business Another weekend in Chicago: more homicides, muggings, burglaries and thefts. The profiles are eerily similar: an African-American male, most likely between the ages of 15 and 22, a high school dropout with a history of arrests, likely gang affiliation, reading… Read More


by Toni Irving Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published in The Huffington Post While this is officially National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 7-11), the truth is, we need 52 such weeks a year — not one. After all, when a typical week for young people nationwide between 10 and 24 years of age… Read More


by Toni Irving Executive Director, Get IN Chicago Originally published in The Huffington Post Here’s the stark reality. We have spent incalculable dollars on well-intentioned projects to curb juvenile violence. But we can’t say what works best. We simply don’t know. It’s not from failing to try. Countless government and nongovernmental agencies, corporations, foundations and… Read More