Get IN Chicago’s Summer Cohort 2016

Get IN Chicago is pleased to award 11 grants for safe, structured summer programs.  Chosen with a review committee of nine donors and practitioners, these awards will support pro-social activities such as mentoring, therapy, sports, arts, and restorative justice programs for acutely high-risk youth.

Including additional summer grants to Smart Chicago, BBF Family Services, and Teamwork Englewood, Get IN Chicago’s summer programs will reach more than 1,000 youth.  To date, Get IN Chicago has awarded $23.2 million in grants.

Summer 2016 Cohort
A Safe Haven Foundation: A Safe Haven’s Straight Up program integrates mentoring, violence prevention programming, educational enrichment, and career exploration. The program will serve 25 high risk youth living in A Safe Haven’s residential facility and from the North Lawndale community with histories of trauma and socialization challenges.

Alternatives, Inc. (Restorative Justice): Restorative justice specialists will provide more intensive training and project-based learning to 60 current and potential Peace Ambassadors from schools currently supported by Get IN Chicago in Austin, Englewood, Roseland, and South Shore.  Summer program activities include: individual reflection and positive identity development, talking circles and other restorative practices, and perspective-taking to build empathy and understanding.

Alternatives, Inc. (Urban Arts): The Urban Arts program uses dance, theater, spoken word, improvisation, and visual arts as vehicles for conflict resolution, expression, and leadership development. The program will serve 25 youth in Englewood, West Englewood, Roseland, and South Shore.

Chicago Urban League: CUL’s Summer Immersion program focuses on career development, socioemotional pro-social activities and cultural enrichment for 75 youth with early warning indicators of academic problems or those at risk of suspension or expulsion in Englewood, West Englewood, and Roseland. For young men, programming will partly focus on civic leadership, and for young women, programming will partly focus on ‘girls circles’ that provide opportunity for engagement on improving relationships, self-image and opportunities for community service.

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Chicago Youth Centers: The Teens Taking Charge program focuses on leadership, responsibility, conflict and anger management, life skills, and technology. Twenty-five North Lawndale youth will participate in workshops, trainings, sports, the arts, and service learning projects.

Children’s Home + Aid: Children’s Home + Aid will provide its Safe Connections program, which consists of individual and family therapy, using a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (“TF-CBT”) model, and group therapy using the Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (“SPARCS”) approach to 80 youth in Englewood and West Englewood.  The programs will operate in conjunction with group sports, Park District Summer Camp, Greencorps, and the Changing Life Education Initiative.

Gads Hill Center: Emotional Intelligence Summer Camp will serve 25 acutely high-risk 8th grade students preparing to transition from West Englewood’s Randolph Elementary to high school.  The program will include psycho-educational activities, sports, field trips, and projects focused on social justice issues, with clinical therapy components integrated throughout.

KLEO: For the summer, KLEO will use its community center to host its Violence-Free Zone mentoring program and add a job readiness component for 50 youth in South Shore.  The social emotional learning component of the program will be implemented in partnership with Youth Guidance’s BAM/WOW programs, programs with demonstrated evidence of their effectiveness with youth with low school engagement.

Peace Corner Youth Center (Catholic Charities): Peace Builders will serve 50 youth in Austin. Components of the BAM and WOW curriculum will be utilized  for social emotional learning.  Additional activities include reading comprehension, civics engagement, and educational field trips.

UCAN: UCAN will offer an Olympic sports camp, life skills workshops, service learning opportunities, and exposure outings for 80 youth in North Lawndale.  Youth will work with youth development coaches and sports trainers, and a therapist will be available for participants in need.

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc: Youth advocates and mentors will develop a summer safety plan for each of their youth with particular attention to evening activities and weekends, the times most students are most at risk of injury. The program will offer strategies to reduce violence while working to ensure that vulnerable youth return to school in the fall. The program will serve 50 youth in Englewood, West Englewood, and Roseland.



BBF Family Services and Teamwork Englewood: The Police/Youth Baseball program works to build trust between inner-city youth and the police. Each team is coached by a staff of officers from the Chicago Police Department, and the pre-season program includes sessions on leadership, conflict resolution, behavior regulation, sportsmanship, and restorative justice in addition to baseball fundamentals clinics. BBF will serve 100 youth in North Lawndale, and Teamwork Englewood will serve 100 youth in Englewood and West Englewood with the program.

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Smart Chicago: The Youth-Led Tech Program is a summer coding program that will help teens develop technology and workforce skills, taught in the context of the needs and priorities of young people. Youth will learn how to use free and inexpensive Web tools to make websites and use social media to build skills, generate revenue, and get jobs in the growing technology industry.  The program will serve 300 youth in Austin, North Lawndale, and Roseland, as well as youth from the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center.

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