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


Forty years of evidence shows that enlisting families as partners in juvenile justice rehabilitation efforts results in better public safety outcomes, according to a recent report by the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic.  The report, titled “Parents as Partners: Family Connection and Youth Incarceration,” is… Read More


While youth activism for gun control has recently captured national attention, young people in Chicago have long been engaged in efforts to demand action.  A number of organizations, including Get IN Chicago grantees Healing Hurt People-Chicago, Chicago Urban League, and Westside Health Authority, are working hard to ensure that the voices of youth affected by… Read More


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


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 conjunction with the Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative, NORC at the University of Chicago is currently evaluating the effectiveness of the Eisenhower Foundation Quantum Youth Development mentoring program being implemented by six Get IN Chicago grantees. The Eisenhower Quantum Opportunities Program (QOP) aims to encourage participants to finish high school,… 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


Westside Health Authority is a mentoring partner in our SYNC Cohort and also the coordinating agency for the Austin/Youth Police Baseball League.  Learn more about a member of WHA’s staff –  Terrence Isaac, Program Coordinator and Mentor.  What is your favorite thing about Chicago? The skyline, the food and the culture of the city is like… Read More


Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC)’s program with Get IN Chicago provides integrated mentoring and legal representation for court-involved youth, ages 13-18, in North Lawndale. LCLC seeks to work with acutely high-risk youth in the North Lawndale community. In addition to being involved with the criminal justice system and at-risk of violence, these youth are often… Read More