Get IN Chicago Announces $2 Million for New and Expanded Programs in  At-Risk Communities

CHICAGO (Nov. 3) – Get IN Chicago (GIC), a public/private partnership, is awarding more than $2 million for initiatives aimed at reducing youth violence in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. Funding will improve services for young people in the Cook County probation system and expand parent leadership programs.

This brings GIC awarded grants to $9.8 million so far in 2015 and keeps the organization on track to surpass its $10 million goal for the year.

“These new projects further our commitment to research, innovation, and saturation,” said Toni Irving, Ph.D., executive director, Get IN Chicago. “Central to our place-based strategy is funding a variety of programs in each neighborhood, and in many instances in each school. We want to lead the charge in attending to the relationship between neighborhood effects and individual outcomes.”

These new grants will reach 1,060 at-risk youth and parents and include:

Winter 2016 Programs – GIC is awarding $1 million for five new programs with Banner Learning Corporation, One Hope United, Prologue, Inc., Westcare Illinois and Westside Health Authority. Under the grants, these organizations will provide job training and certification, restorative justice counseling and trauma-focused therapy to youth across Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore and West Englewood.

Renewed and Expanded Programs – Nearly $1 million in grants will support the expansion of parent leadership, mentoring, and restorative justice programs. The grants will allow Family Focus, Metropolitan Family Services and Youth Guidance to reach 500 more parents with their programs. Lawndale Christian Legal Center will also scale up its mentoring program for justice-involved youth, and Alternatives, Inc. will add arts programming to its restorative justice work.

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About Get IN Chicago

Get IN Chicago is an innovative five-year, $50 million partnership that focuses on identifying, funding and rigorously evaluating evidence-based programs that lead to sustainable reductions in violence for individuals and communities. Since 2013, GIC has awarded grants totaling $16.1 million for 88 evidence-based community programs, directly reaching more than 9,000 at-risk youth and their families. More information is available at


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