by Lauren Morrissey, Gannon Scholar Intern from Loyola University Get IN Chicago is proud to announce that the Police/Youth Baseball Leagues are returning for summer 2018. This unique program will serve 300 youth ages 9-12 in the Austin, North Lawndale and Englewood neighborhoods. The Police/Youth Baseball Leagues blend summer fun with a purpose much bigger… Read More

Get IN Chicago’s 2017 Police/Youth Baseball Leagues are working to build trust between youth and the police in Austin, Englewood, and North Lawndale. Each team is coached by a staff that includes officers from the Chicago Police Department. In addition to baseball, the program also includes sessions on leadership, conflict resolution, behavior regulation, sportsmanship, and… Read More

Get IN Chicago is pleased to award 11 grants for safe, structured summer programs.  Chosen with a review committee of nine donors and practitioners, these awards will support pro-social activities such as mentoring, therapy, sports, arts, and restorative justice programs for acutely high-risk youth. Including additional summer grants to Smart Chicago, BBF Family Services, and Teamwork Englewood, Get… Read More

May marked the start of Get IN Chicago’s 2016 Police/Youth Baseball Leagues, which bring together 200 youth and Chicago Police Department officers in an attempt to change the perception of police. Based on the league’s success in its inaugural 2015 season, this year’s program is doubling in size and will serve 12 teams, each one coached by… 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

2015 marked Get IN Chicago’s first official summer funding cycle.  While the majority of our funding is dedicated to evidence-based programs ready for rigorous measurement, we adjust our approach for summer programs.  Summer is a time when violence peaks in Chicago.  Consequently, our summer funding guidelines place a high priority on whether an activity is safe, fun, and… Read More

Get IN Chicago is awarding more than $2 million for initiatives aimed at reducing youth violence.  Funding will support expanded parent leadership and mentoring services, new programs workforce development programs, and better services for youth involved in Cook County probation. This brings GIC awarded grants to $9.8 million so far in 2015 and keeps the… Read More

After five weeks of practice, the Englewood Police/Youth Baseball League (EPYBL) kicked off its baseball season on Wednesday, June 24th at Hamilton Park.  The six teams started the afternoon with a parade around the fields, dressed to the nines in full uniforms donated by Mesirow Financial and CVS.  A press conference highlighted the combined effort of all… Read More

Get IN Chicago Partners with Chicago Police, Others To Bring Youth Baseball League to Englewood Community CHICAGO, May 28, 2015 – Get IN Chicago, the public-private partnership dedicated to combatting juvenile violence, today announced a partnership with the Chicago Police Department and Teamwork Englewood to establish a youth baseball league in the Englewood community. The league… Read More