Parent Leadership, Run 4 Change, Measurement Updates
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June 28, 2016

Parent Programs Update

Our parent programs continue to make great strides working with families in the community.   Last November, we announced renewed funding for Family Focus, Metropolitan Family Services, and Youth Guidance.  Awards supported evidence-based parenting programs (B-PROUD and Parenting Fundamentals) using effective approaches to improve skills for parents of high-risk youth.

Since February, each organization has made a concentrated effort to reach the families who can most benefit from extra support.  Staff increased outreach at local schools and community locations, hosted sessions after work hours and on the weekends, and made new partnerships with youth programs, food pantries, and social service providers.  

“As the program came to an end, I realized that if my children will achieve in life, I need to understand them, be there for them.

"I also learned that my children’s future depends on the environment I will provide them at home. The presenter made me feel so comfortable to be a part of this educating program, Thank You Very Much!”
 – parent, Family Focus


Through the end of April, they had already engaged 250 parents in Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale, Roseland, and West Englewood.  In May, Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) also finished their first year of service with the B-PROUD program in South Shore. 

Learn more about the progress of our parent leadership programs:
Parent Leadership Update - June 2016

Run4Change Feature
Francisco Arenas and Run4Change participants in Humboldt Park (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune)

A recent Chicago Tribune feature profiled our Run4Change program.  Get IN Chicago awarded Westcare funding last winter to implement Run4Change in partnership with Cook County Juvenile Probation and Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation.  Run4Change integrates physical activity, cognitive behavioral therapy and interactive peace circles, and, according to its organizers, is the first program in the country to combine cognitive behavioral therapy, physical activity, and restorative justice peace circles.  So far, 25 young people have enrolled, and participants completed their first 5k on May 1st.

"The runs really have helped me work through and cope with everything that I've been going through," Humphries (participant) said.

"I should be doing life right now, but they gave me a second chance at life, so I'm using that chance to do way better than what I've done. I'm thankful for what they have done for me and for my fellow peers, most people would just give up on us."

Additionally, Annie E. Casey and Dr. Butts of John Jay College awarded the program a "Silver Medal," recognizing it as a Positive Youth Justice program on the organization's website, alongside current GIC program Youth Advocate Program (

B.A.M Study

Over the past four years, Get IN Chicago has invested nearly $3 million in Youth Guidance's Becoming A Man (B.A.M.) program, making it available in some of the city's most vulnerable schools.  A new study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab reveals that BAM participation reduces violent crime rates for at-risk youth by 50%, and total arrests by 35%. These findings show a return of as much as $30 for each dollar invested in B.A.M. from the reduction in crime alone. In a long-term follow-up to the first BAM study (2009-10), researchers found that B.A.M. increased on-time high school graduation rates by 19%. 

Youth-Led Tech: Measurement

The Youth-Led Tech summer 2016 program is part of a study that is led by MDRC and funded by the MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with Get IN Chicago. All youth who apply to Youth-Led Tech and are eligible for the program will be included in the study, even if they are not selected for the program.

The study is trying to learn about the experiences of students in Youth-Led Tech and whether students who participate in the program have different experiences during the summer and in school from those who don’t participate.

As part of the study, researchers from MDRC will collect data about all eligible students who apply to Youth Led Tech, including data from the program application; student surveys; focus group discussions or interviews; student level data on school records from Chicago Public Schools such as grades, attendance, behavior, and disciplinary actions; and data from Illinois and Cook County juvenile and criminal justice agencies about arrests, court dispositions, and incarceration.

Program spots are still available at some locations! Youth applicants should be residents of Austin, North Lawndale, Roseland who fit the Get IN Chicago youth profile (13-18 with acutely high-risk factors.) Visit Youth-Led Tech for more details. 
Chase Challenge
Team GIC had an amazing time at the Chase Challenge! A huge thanks to JPMorgan Chase & Co., the #jpmcc team, and all the #capeready heroes who lent their support.

Reading Corner

Catch up on what we're reading in the office

Agenda: Baseball Opening Days

Englewood Police/Youth Baseball League
Opening Day
Wednesday, June 29th
Hamilton Park - Englewood
North Lawndale Police/Youth Baseball League
Opening Day
Thursday, July 7th
Franklin Park - North Lawndale
Did you know that in addition to nutritious meals all summer long, the Greater Chicago Food Depository can also offer youth organizations free meals for their summer programs?

To learn more, visit the Food Depository’s website:
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