Founded in 2013, Get IN Chicago is a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to address and impact issues related to community and gun violence. We combine private resources with experts in social policy and evaluation to identify, fund, and evaluate evidence-informed approaches to violence.

Get IN Chicago’s mission is to identify, fund and rigorously evaluate evidence-based programs that lead to a sustainable reduction in violence for individuals and communities most affected by gun violence and poverty.


Get IN Chicago works with organizations to address to underlying, systemic issues that lead to youth violence while also supporting research efforts and funding evidence-based community programs. A long-term strategy drawn from rigorous analysis is used to guide our investments.

Get IN Chicago concentrates its efforts in seven communities hardest hit by gun violence – in 2016, they accounted for roughly a third of the city’s homicides. These communities have significant youth populations, demonstrate capacity to successfully conduct evidence-based programs, and indicate a willingness to collaborate.

Our current focus communities are Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Shore, and West Englewood.

City of Chicago map highlighting seven Get IN Chicago focus communities: Austin, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Englewood, West Englewood, Roseland, and South Shore.

Get IN Chicago’s strategy is further informed by research evidence that indicates many Chicago youth are experiencing multiple crises that can prevent or limit their ability to become self-sufficient in adulthood. Research shows that a combination of individual, family, school, and community/peer supports provides the most effective support for acutely high-risk youth.  As we make programmatic decisions, we evaluate how programs will impact youth at each of these levels, as well as how a program can complement other programs already in the community.



Get IN Chicago is committed to reaching a distinct group of young people: the acutely high-risk.  The term ‘at-risk’ includes young people with any risk factor for violence.  For example, a youth may be defined as ‘at-risk’ simply by living in a dangerous neighborhood or struggling academically.  The acutely high-risk demonstrate multiple and/or a severity of risk factor(s).  Acutely high-risk youth may be chronically truant (missing more than 40% of school) or have prior involvement in the juvenile justice system.  Statistically, youth in this group are most likely to participate in gun violence.

Our research has shown that while many services exist to support at-risk youth in Chicago, there is an urgent need to address the acutely high-risk.  Working with this group is challenging.  These young people are often disconnected from their schools, families, and communities, making them difficult to find and engage in programming.  But we believe that acutely high-risk youth are the ones in greatest need of our support, creativity, and energy.

 The risk level pyramid illustrates characteristics for four groups of youth: economically disadvantaged youth, at-risk youth, acutely high-risk youth, and strategic subjects. Get IN Chicago is focused on preventive services for acutely high-risk youth.