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


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


Dear Friends, Our youth in Chicago are a bellwether for our city as a whole. Their high unemployment rates reflect our need for workforce development; their truancy is an extension of our under, and inequitable, funding of schools; and their violence is a reflection of the socio-economic conditions in our communities.  We want to change… Read More


Get IN Chicago introduced an ambitious project in 2016 to put its five recommendations into practice.  Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) focuses on providing supportive services to acutely high-risk youth in seven Chicago communities hardest hit by poverty and violence, including Austin, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Shore, Englewood, West Englewood, and… Read More


“The thoughtfulness, the continuous quality improvement, the focus on evidence, and a very highly trained staff – these are all of the things that make One Hope United an ideal Get IN Chicago partner.” – Get IN Chicago Executive Director Toni Irving We were thrilled that One Hope United also chose to honor Get IN Chicago… Read More


interview by Alexandria Santistevan, John Marshall Law School Intern   Get IN Chicago’s SYNC (Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care) initiative aims to strengthen mentoring and CBT programs and create a rigorous, central intake and case management system for acutely high-risk youth in Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and West Englewood. To introduce… Read More