Get IN Chicago introduced an ambitious project in 2016 to put its five recommendations into practice.  Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) focuses on providing supportive services to acutely high-risk youth in seven Chicago communities hardest hit by poverty and violence, including Austin, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Shore, Englewood, West Englewood, and Roseland.  SYNC components include establishing new pathways for services, creating centralized systems for intake and community-based case management, and strengthening service providers so they can deliver evidence-based mentoring (Quantum) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) (SPARCS) programs.

SYNC service providers also receive technical assistance to increase the quality, efficiency, and reach of their programs.  SYNC technical assistance ranges from certifying therapists and mentors in new interventions to training organization staffs in leadership, finance, technology, fundraising, and communication.

 

SYNC will expand a young person’s network of support and increase his or her positive connections to school and community. SYNC programs are associated with short-term outcomes such as improved school engagement and interpersonal skills and reduced involvement in risky behaviors. Long-term, SYNC programs aim to reduce the likelihood of adverse outcomes in adulthood such as violent behavior or criminal actions that lead to involvement in the justice system, while also increasing hope for the future.

 

 

More than 20 organizations collaborated with Get IN Chicago to develop and implement SYNC, including 12 direct service partners.  By incorporating our anti-violence recommendations into all aspects, SYNC aims to surround acutely high-risk youth with positive connections who can support their successful transitions to adulthood.