The goal of Get IN Chicago is to disrupt the way youth violence is addressed.  We work to better understand the issue of youth violence, test out new approaches, and identify solutions with a goal of sustainable change.  Currently, Get IN Chicago supports and studies youth violence reduction programs in three areas: core, technical assistance and capacity building, and community impact.

Core Programs
Research indicates that mentoring, cognitive behavioral therapy, and parent leadership and engagement interventions are the most effective ways to prevent youth violence.  More than half of Get IN Chicago funding supports core programming.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Youth at high risk for violence involvement may benefit from intensive treatment and therapy. Get IN Chicago funds cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs which use evidence-based models to promote pro-social behavior, reduce aggression, and increase impulse control. Read more about our CBT programs.
  • Mentoring: Mentoring programs use positive relationships with adults to make positive impacts in a young person’s life. Youth who have been involved in mentoring relationships tend to have better school attendance, academic performance, and social-emotional skills, and they are also less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors like drug/alcohol use or violence. Read more about our mentoring programs.
  • Parent Engagement/Leadership: Strengthening families is a cornerstone strategy to reducing youth violence and making communities safer. Adolescents are less likely to engage in risky behavior when their parents are involved in their lives. Research shows that emotional health improves, substance abuse drops, and academic achievement and attendance increase when children have engaged parents. Read more about our parent leadership programs.


Technical Assistance and Capacity Building 
Technical Assistance support is provided to projects with goals of strengthening nonprofit and community capacity.  Our Technical Assistance grants enable local organizations to improve systems of accountability and measurement, prepare for evaluation, increase sustainability, and expand their reach.  Grants also support research projects to identify and gain insights into the needs of acutely high-risk youth and our focus communities. Read more about our technical assistance programs.


Community Impact Programs
Community impact programming supports innovative approaches to violence reduction, primarily in three categories.