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

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

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

Pie chart illustrating ages of study participants. The majority are 16-18 years old.

Get IN Chicago research suggests that a combination of certain factors can increase a young person’s risk of participating in gun violence.  Our Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative was designed to meet the unique needs of this group, whom we term acutely-high risk, and a baseline analysis shows that we are… 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

Get IN Chicago is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) to expand supportive service options for youth with police involvement.  The partnership expands Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) connections to seven additional districts beyond current JISC referral areas.  SYNC is a network of youth-serving organizations… Read More

by Emily Orenstein, University of Chicago Institute of Politics intern The SYNC cohort’s collaboration continued August 18th at the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT) with a second session from MENTOR Illinois. Often used as a way for teachers to share learnings and improve methods, this Professional Learning Community (PLC) model has also shown… Read More

by Emily Orenstein, University of Chicago Institute of Politics Intern “What does your success look like?” Executive Director Dr. Toni Irving asked at the kickoff for Get IN Chicago’s Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) initiative.  Among the responses in the crowd, one answer rose up: “Get people to trust one another.” Through… Read More