EPYBL Kickoff, NORC Evaluations, YAB Updates, and More
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July #1 2015

Englewood Police/Youth Baseball League Kicks Off

After five weeks of practice, the Englewood Police/Youth Baseball League (EPYBL) kicked off its baseball season on Wednesday, June 24th at Hamilton Park.  The six teams started the afternoon with a parade around the fields, dressed to the nines in full uniforms donated by Mesirow Financial and CVS.  A press conference highlighted the combined effort of all partners and included inspiring words from Dr. Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago, Commander Larry Watson of the 7th District, Alderman Roderick Sawyer, Elder Willard Payton, Perry Gunn of Teamwork Englewood, and Marco Johnson of the Chicago Police Athletic League.
DJs from WKKC 89.3 at Kennedy King College kept the crowd pumped, and volunteers distributed peanuts, cherries, burgers, and kebabs to everyone in attendance.  Before the first pitch, each team lined up, removed their hats, and stood at attention for a rousing National Anthem by Mae Ya Ryan Carter.
The games themselves did not disappoint!  On field 1, the Monarchs defeated the Barons in a suspenseful match.  On field 2, the Sawyers put up a good fight but fell short to the Washingtons. On field 3, the DuSables and the Tigers met up for a tight game that was only decided in the bottom of the last inning, when the Tigers emerged victorious. 

Each team is led by a group of coaches from the Chicago Police Department and the community, and the league has been coordinated with fantastic leadership from Andrea NaTay from Forever Fitness Chicago and Glen Brooks from Chicago CAPS.  Teams will continue to play on Wednesdays this summer, culminating in an All-Star game on Tuesday, August 4th.  Players will also continue weekly mentoring sessions on Tuesdays at Hamilton Park.  We look forward to cheering the teams on for the rest of the summer!

More from Opening Day

A few different news outlets covered our EPYBL kickoff.  If you missed their coverage, catch up here:

Click on the images below for videos:
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
ABC-7 News Segment

NORC to Evaluate GIC Mentoring Programs

As part of our commitment to evaluation, we are excited about our partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago!  In the coming year, we will work with Carrie Markovitz, PhD and Bruce Taylor, PhD on an intensive evaluation of mentoring programs.  On Friday, June 26th, representatives from Alternative Schools Network, The Chicago Urban League, KLEO, UCAN, Westside Health Authority, Youth Advocate Programs, and more joined us at the GIC office for the project kick-off. 

Two questions will guide the evaluation research:

1) Do high school students participating in a Get IN Chicago mentoring program demonstrate better outcomes on key measures of school engagement and violence reduction than a similar group of high school students at similar schools not participating in the program? 
2) Among the Get IN Chicago mentoring grantees, which program models, strategies, and/or features appear to be most effective in increasing school engagement and reducing youth violence among at-risk students? 

The evaluation is being done in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, and NORC will work with agencies one-on-one over the next year.  We look forward to learning more about the impact of our mentoring programs. Findings will be available in early 2017.
Representatives from GIC mentoring programs discuss the upcoming evaluation with project leaders from NORC
Students check in for their first days in Englewood and Roseland. (photo: SmartChicago)
Let the Coding Begin!
The first GIC Summer program, Youth-Led Tech with Smart Chicago, started with coding classes in Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, and Roseland on Monday, June 29th.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be more tech jobs by 2020 than people to fill them. Youth-Led Tech will put our youth on the road to long-term, good wage careers, and in the short term, leave them with the entrepreneurial spirit and skill to design web pages. All other GIC Summer programs will begin July 6th after the holiday weekend. 
Investment Spotlight: Englewood
Program Associate Lisa Floran makes plans for Youth Shout Out action committees at the quarterly YAB meeting

Youth Advisory Board Summer Meeting

Our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) celebrated the start of another year on June 23rd, when they officially kicked off their 2015-2016 term.  Over the past year, members of our YAB have grown as leaders in their communities and with our organization.  They led On the Table youth discussions with The Chicago Community Trust, represented GIC at the JPMorgan Chase Challenge, developed project designs with Allstate and gravitytank at the Youth Shout Out, and never failed to bring spirited ideas to our strategic conversations.  Thanks to support from our friends and donors, the group also had the opportunity to attend cultural events outside of their communities, including performances by at Joffrey Ballet, the Goodman Theater, and Steppenwolf. 
In the coming year, the YAB will focus on completing group and individual service projects, engaging with GIC programs across the city, exploring career paths and opportunities, and developing leadership skills.  They have also formed focus committees to work with each Youth Shout Out project through development and implementation.  In July, they will visit the Allstate campus in Northbrook as part of their career exploration initiative.
We wish the best of luck to our corps of graduating seniors!  Among them, Lavell will study communications at Northeastern Illinois, LaFrance will focus on business and entrepreneurship at Malcolm X College, Lakerrie hopes to pursue radiology at DePaul, and Antwan will be playing basketball at Philander Smith in Arkansas.  All of our exiting seniors hope to stay involved with the YAB as members at-large, and we look forward to keeping them involved and celebrating their future successes!

The YAB also welcomed a few new faces at our June meeting.   Learn more about our new members below!
Alyssa is a senior at Frederick Douglass High School in Austin.  Alyssa is a dancer, youth leader, and Sunday School teacher.
Charlise is a senior at Team Englewood, where she does track and swimming.  This summer, she is a Greencorps participant.
Akia is a senior at Frederick Douglas High School in Austin. She loves event planning and hopes to eventually pursue a degree in computer science.    
Luis is a freshman at Multicultural Academy of Scholarship (Little Village Lawndale). He is involved with Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. and Louder Than A Bomb, a youth poetry slam festival. 
We also welcome three new members from South Shore (not pictured).  All three participated in Youth Shout Out this past May.
  • Chris is a freshman at Hirsch Metropolitan High School in South Shore. Chris hopes to see greater interaction between members of his community through his work with the YAB.
  • Kabria is a junior at Hirsch Metropolitan High School and was nominated as a leader by KLEO. Kabria is especially excited to inspire and elevate other youth as part of the Youth Advisory Board. 
  • Michael is a junior at Hirsch Metropolitan High School, where he participates in three sports—football, basketball, and baseball. Michael is passionate about motivating the youth in the South Shore community. 
Last month, GIC welcomed two summer interns to our team.  Paris Byrd is a rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, where she is studying Comparative Human Development, and Peter Stypa is entering his second year at John Marshall Law School and working on a concurrent MBA.  Paris and Peter will be helping us with research, the Youth Advisory Board, community events, and administration.  
Special thanks to Toni Preckwinkle for hosting members of our EPYBL for a day at the lake in June!
Save the Dates

- Thursday, July 23rd: Get IN Chicago CBT Panel (more info below)
- Thrusday, July 23rd: YAB Career Exploration visit to Allstate Campus in Northbrook
- Tuesday, August 4th: EPYBL All-Star Game
Eulogy calls for greater community/police trust

President Obama’s inspiring eulogy in honor of Reverend Clementa Pinckney included calls to action on issues of race, poverty, and violence across America.  In particular, he mentioned a need to build trust between the community and law enforcement.  
Watch the President's full eulogy here

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