Connecting youth at acute high-risk for violence to effective programs is a critical intervention, and Get IN Chicago is pleased to share a promising update in this area. Between 2015 and 2017, analysis done in conjunction with Chapin Hall and NORC, both at the University of Chicago, showed that the proportion of Get IN Chicago… Read More


Cook County has long been a leader for innovation in juvenile justice efforts.  In 1993, the county was selected as one of four initial model sites for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), which sought to reduce the use of detention for youth accused of nonviolent crimes.  Today, the JDAI has expanded to more than… Read More


Advocate, counselor, surrogate parent, role model, friend – in youth services, case managers take on a number of different roles.  Think of a case manager like a marathon coach: providing tips to make you stronger, offering an understanding of the course, and helping you navigate the best strategy to the finish line. Case managers connect young… Read More


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


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


Kevin Murillo

Get IN Chicago awarded Metropolitan Family Services a grant to provide intake, case management, and social services for our Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative.  Staff from Metropolitan Family Services work with teams of mentors and clinicians to screen potential participants, develop individualized service plans, and provide ongoing support for needs such as housing, job… Read More


CANS Praed Foundation Get IN Chicago

Effective support for acutely high-risk youth must address their most pressing needs while leveraging their greatest strengths.  With that in mind, Get IN Chicago’s Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative embeds individualized treatment plans into its programming.  In particular, the SYNC intake system utilizes the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)… Read More


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