Get IN Chicago’s parent leadership summit is full and now closed for registration, but you can stay engaged in the discussion on social media with the #GICSummit hashtag.  We look forward to sharing information gleaned in the days after the event!

Parental INvolvement: A Get IN Chicago Summit
Wednesday, October 12th

Which strategies hold the most promise for parents of acutely high-risk youth, and how can we empower families and communities to use them?

At the Parental INvolvement Summit, Get IN Chicago and special guests, including parents, practitioners, and researchers, will discuss parent leadership insights with the potential to improve the lives of our youth.

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  • Dr. Waldo E. Johnson, Jr.:  Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.  Dr.Johnson serves as a research consultant for multiple national studies involving parents, children, and race, including the senior leadership of Parents and Children Together (PACT), a national longitudinal study of nonresident fathers.
  • Katharine Bensinger, LCPC: Ms. Bensinger is the founder of Parenting Fundamentals and currently serves as its Program Director at Metropolitan Family Services.  Parenting Fundamentals promotes the social emotional development of children, prevents child abuse and neglect, strengthens families, and improves school readiness and achievement.
  • Dr. Jelani Mandara: As an Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Dr. Mandara’s work includes African American child and adolescent development and effective parenting.  He developed the B-PROUD model for culturally sensitive parent training, and his psychology research focuses on socialization, fathers’ involvement, gender, race, and youth development.
  • Sheldon Smith: Mr. Smith is the founder of The Dovetail Project, which aims to teach young, black men fatherhood and life skills, as well as how to avoid the criminal justice system. To date, The Dovetail Project has graduated over 230 young fathers from its 12 week program.


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