A probation youth who meets a high number of risk factors for violence is more likely to be in need of intensive or specialized support and services to promote successful outcomes. These high-need, high-risk youth — and Get IN Chicago research puts that number at between 2,000 and 4,000 individuals in Chicago — benefit from experienced… Read More

Youth Guidance’s WOW program is a multifaceted, school year-long group counseling and clinical mentoring program that works to improve social-emotional competencies for girls in 7th-12th grade exposed to traumatic stressors in high risk and under-resourced communities. It was founded, in part, because studies show that young women are often left out of both the conversation… Read More

Get IN Chicago hosted service-providers, policy-makers, funders and community members for a rich day of discussion and innovation around youth violence prevention efforts at our Building Stronger Systems for Youth Symposium. Youth poet Kyla Strickler and Ben Austen, author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing kicked off the day followed by… Read More

Our current crisis in Chicago — and in other cities where youth violence is an issue — necessitates concentrating our anti-violence efforts where we have clear indicators as to the youth most at risk for violent behavior.    … Read More

Juvenile Probation Report – Chapin Hall – GIC A 2017 study of youth entering juvenile probation, conducted by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and commissioned by Get IN Chicago, focused on identifying characteristics of youth involved in firearms violence while on probation to better inform service provision. The study examined patterns that divided… Read More

Connecting youth at acute high-risk for violence to effective programs is a critical intervention, and Get IN Chicago is pleased to share a promising update in this area. Between 2015 and 2017, analysis done in conjunction with Chapin Hall and NORC, both at the University of Chicago, showed that the proportion of Get IN Chicago… Read More

Each year, an estimated 2.1 million youth under age 18 are arrested in the United States, and in Cook County alone, 15,517 were arrested in 2016.  For many young people, these are not isolated events: national studies have shown that 55% of young people are rearrested within a year of their first arrest, and 24%… Read More

About Get IN Chicago Get IN Chicago provides counsel to funder and community-based organizations working to reduce youth violence and address the underlying, systemic issues that lead to it. Get IN Chicago also studies and funds antiviolence initiatives focused on acutely high-risk youth, those who are at heightened risk for becoming perpetrators of violence. Led… Read More

Cook County has long been a leader for innovation in juvenile justice efforts.  In 1993, the county was selected as one of four initial model sites for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), which sought to reduce the use of detention for youth accused of nonviolent crimes.  Today, the JDAI has expanded to more than… Read More