Serving With Purpose, $2m in Awards, VRI Update
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November 13, 2015

Serving With Purpose

GIC‘s most recent summit, Serving With Purpose, brought Delores Morton from Points of Light and Sasha Tuzel from  Mission Measurement in conversation with local service providers, researchers, funders, and community members to discuss how we can work together to ensure the effectiveness and reach of service learning programs for opportunity youth.  We were pleased to have a full house in our conference space at The Chicago Community Trust.

Participants expressed strong interest in working with GIC and Mission Measurement to produce an evaluation toolkit, echoing remarks by Tom Wilson, Get IN Chicago Board Co-Chair and CEO of Allstate. “We have learned that accountability and measurement is hard, but necessary,” said Wilson. “So be bold in your thinking today.  Be open to measurement even if you can't control all of the variables.”  

Including what Delores Morton says is the biggest benefit of service learning for opportunity youth and what Sasha Tuzel recommends each organization examine before starting measurement.
Violence Response Initiative Update
South Shore beats covered by our Cure Violence and University of Illinois-Chicago Violence Response Initiative project shared the excellent news of a dramatic decrease in shootings earlier in October.  How are they doing it?
Announcing $2m in New Awards
GIC announced new grant awards in late October.  Which innovative programs will receive Get IN Chicago funds to launch, and which of our current programs will expand? Learn about our new grantees.
Maximizing Our Reach in Schools
Get IN Chicago collaborated with Chicago Public Schools to strategically place services in high-need schools for 2015-2016.  Which 26 schools host our programs this year - and why?
Welcome New Directors!
Get IN Chicago welcomes six new members to our Board of Directors.  We look forward to the expertise, commitment, and knowledge each of these individuals will bring to the continued growth of our organization.

Gery Chico, Partner, Chico & Nunes
Diane Geraghty, Director, Civitas ChildLaw Center
Sam Scott, Former CEO, Corn Products International
Don Thompson, CEO, Cleveland Avenue
Mark Walter, CEO, Guggenheim Partners
Paula Wolff, Director, Illinois Justice Project
Congratulations Perry Gunn!
Perry Gunn - Englewood
The Executive Director at our grantee Teamwork Englewood was recently named a Neighborhood Housing Services Neighborhood Hero!  Learn why he loves working in Englewood in the video above.
Reading Corner
Catch up on what we're reading at the office.
A Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls - The New York Times (October 22, 2015)
Seeking Alternatives to Violence in Back of the Yards - Chicago Reporter (October 26, 2015)
Get IN Chicago Agenda
Friday, November 13th: LOI Deadline - spring programs (submission form found here)

Thursday, December 10th: Cooley High Screening - click here to RSVP
The Westside Health Authority's Band of Brothers/ Set of Sisters mentor program summer retreat at Phantom Lake Camp. Visit the blog for more pictures:

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