It’s Friday!  How about some good news?

As an organization dedicated to discovering the most effective ways to reduce violence, Get IN Chicago dedicates a great deal of time to measurement. Getting results and analyzing data can be a slow process, but in the meantime, our grant recipients are seeing promising changes on the ground.


Chicago Urban League
Grant Recipient – Core Programming, Mentoring

“During our Thanksgiving Dinner with the mentees, each young person went around the table to discuss what they were thankful for. One of the gentlemen said he was thankful for ‘our’ family. He appreciated all of the mentors coming to his school and working with him. He said that this dinner means so much to him because he can be himself with this group, he feels safe, and he knows that we care about him. He went on to say that we are his second family.

“While his words may seem small to some, they are significant in the lives of at-risk youth. The walls and barriers have come down for this young man, and he trusts his mentors, his fellow mentees, and the ‘second family’ we have tried to build and encourage.”

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Chicago Urban League is set to provide mentoring supports for 55 students in Roseland with Get IN Chicago funding this school year.  Their work utilizes a Civic Leadership Education curriculum focused on building positive relationships, community leadership, and social-emotional skills as well as recreation and opportunities for cultural engagement.

 Check back on upcoming Fridays for feel-good tidbits and stories!