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December 20, 2016
Meet Our Mentors and Therapists
Grantees share insights from work in Englewood, Roseland, Austin, and North Lawndale
Get IN Chicago partners are making incredible strides to reduce youth violence in our communities. As part of our new SYNC (Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care) initiative to strengthen mentoring and CBT programs and create a rigorous, central intake and case management system for acutely high-risk youth, staff from many grantee programs are currently engaged in capacity building.  

Learn more about their experiences through interviews with lead mentors at Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. and a clinician from Primo Center for Women and Children...
"It’s my neighborhood... and I really like the kids. A lot of people aren’t fond of the type of kids we work with, the ones that are pushed aside. But I feel it’s my responsibility to reach back for those kids."

- Monique Robbins, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
 
"The biggest thing, I think, is having a consistent client/therapist relationship. Being present with our young people, being a consistent face, and the genuine love that we show plays a huge role with the therapy."

-Eugenia Olison, Primo Center for Women and Children
Creating Communities with Art and Justice
Continued funding for Alternatives, Inc. programming at five high-need schools
In 2015-2016, the restorative justice and urban arts program reported preventing 347 suspensions, along with substantial improvements in conflict resolution and communication among youth participants.  How is Alternatives, Inc. making a difference?
Demystifying Federal Funding
Tips from our training session on federal grants
Most community-based nonprofits depend on government funds for almost 90% of their costs. Knowing how to access and secure federal funding is essential for any organization hoping to achieve and sustain long-term impact. Read tips from our session with grant specialist Deidra M. Somerville... 
Innovation to Tackle Gun Violence
Overview includes Get IN Chicago in promising initiatives
Chicago Inno's recent survey of antiviolence programs in art, tech, and science also included the Police/Youth Baseball program, Smart Chicago, Goodcity, and our Chicago Design Competition with The MacArthur Foundation and UChicago Urban Labs.  See the full list...
Expungement to Expand Opportunities
Collaborative effort yields trainings and free services to youth with juvenile records
For every 1,000 juvenile arrests in Illinois, only three are expunged - although most are eligible.  The work of Smart Chicago, Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), Mikva Challenge, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and more aims to offer knowledge and training and provide expungement resources for youth.
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Reading Corner
Catch up on what we're reading in the office!

Local Code: 3659 Proposals about Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities - Nicholas de Monchaux

Mentoring's Promise and Limits - The Atlantic, December 14, 2016

After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance - The New York Times, December 12, 2016

Newly elected Kim Foxx details plans to reshape state's attorney's office - Chicago Tribune, December 5, 2016

New Policing Strategy Aims to Cut Crime With Better Community Ties - Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2016

Emanuel selling 4,000 vacant lots in 33 neighborhoods for $1 each - Chicago Sun-Times, November 29, 2016

Why Gunshot Victims Have Reason to Like the Affordable Care Act - The New York Times, November 28, 2016

Community Forum Addresses Post-Violence Assistance - Chicago Defender, November 10, 2016
Mentors and program directors from the six organizations collaborating with Get IN Chicago on SYNC at their first Quantum training
November 30, 2016
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Get IN Chicago provides counsel and support to community-based organizations, agencies, and funders working to reduce youth violence. By studying and funding initiatives focused on acutely-high risk youth, Get IN Chicago strives to identify the most promising practices to improve the lives and safety of young people in our city.  
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