Get IN Chicago provides services for acutely high-risk youth that address the risk and protective factors serving as the root causes of violence.

Our initial funding supported three core program types that research indicates are most effective in the prevention of youth violence: Mentoring, Cognitive Behavioral/Family Therapy, and Parent Leadership/Engagement.  Since then, we amplified efforts toward novel programs that align with our mission to reduce violence through special funding opportunities, technical assistance, and creative approaches to violence reduction using sports and technology.

The following requirements guide our funding decisions, though specific requirements are outlined with each LOI and RFP opportunity:

  • Service Impacting Acutely High-Risk Youth: Our research has shown that while many services exist to support at-risk youth in Chicago, there is an urgent need to address the acutely high-risk. Acutely high-risk youth demonstrate multiple and/or a severity of risk factor(s), such as chronic truancy or prior involvement in the juvenile justice system.  We believe that acutely high-risk youth are the ones in greatest need of our support, creativity, and energy.
  • Evidence-Based Practices: Requiring use of evidence-based curricula ensures that youth in Get IN Chicago programs receive high-quality treatment and that programs can withstand rigorous evaluation. Many large-scale evaluations require use of evidence-based programs, and limiting our funding to such programs makes it possible for our team to engage measurement.
  • Large, Unique Cohort: Get IN Chicago is committed to learning from our grant making efforts through evaluation. Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) optimally include 500 participants and require at least 250 participants. Survey work with smaller cohort numbers is possible, but to fully understand what works, we aim to fund organizations with the capacity to serve large numbers of youth/parents.
  • Localized Service: While many effective programs serve residents of our communities, our approach is to get in and stay in the communities we hope to impact. For that reason, Get IN Chicago aims to fund programs with physical locations and service directly within our seven neighborhoods.

Learn more about why we focus on these areas on our Mission and Strategy page.