READI CHICAGO IS AN INNOVATIVE RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO.

We relentlessly engage men who are most highly impacted by gun violence, and connect them to paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support services.

Real Hope
After prison, I knew I needed to steer myself in the right direction and focus on what matters. Now I look at READI as a privilege, something to aspire to.
Real Love
Service with a purpose

Working at Chicago Animal Care and Control is more than a transitional job for READI Chicago participants, and it’s not just the animals that benefit from the relationship — the participants, many of whom have experienced violence and trauma, get just as much out of working and connecting with the animals.

Real Talk
Happy Labor Day from READI Chicago

In the lead-up to Labor Day weekend, staff from across the READI Chicago initiative gathered for games and food at a celebratory cookout and reflected on the evolution of the program and the importance of cognitive behavioral therapy and jobs.

Real Hope
The program has changed my life. It works on my thinking… If I can get up to do negative, I can get up to do positive.
Be Bold
Jobs, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Support Services

READI Chicago relentlessly engages men most highly impacted by gun violence through employment in paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy and support services in order to help them create a viable path for a different future, and to help reduce violence in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods.

Real Love
The READI program gives us an opportunity to really change the narrative about Chicago.
MARLON CHAMBERLAIN
Greater Englewood Community Project Manager
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MONTH PROGRAM CAREER PATHWAY

Participants engage in 18 months of paid transitional employment with regular participation in cognitive behavioral therapy, skill-building, and support services, plus an additional six months of follow-up case management and coaching support.

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COMMUNITIES

The program launched in fall 2017 through a collaboration with six local partner organizations.

515
EMPLOYED

We are evaluating the program to test whether it works, and we have a goal of employing 750 men by summer 2020.

Data as of June 30, 2019

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR LOCAL PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS, EVALUATION PARTNERS, AND FUNDERS FOR THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT AND COLLABORATION IN READI CHICAGO:

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