The Chicago Sports Alliance, the collaboration of five of Chicago’s professional sports teams, announced it will move forward in 2019 to lend the teams’ collective reach and resources in support of finding innovative solutions to decrease violence in the city.Read the press release here.
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.
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.
The program launched in fall 2017 through a collaboration with seven local partner organizations.
We are evaluating the program to test whether it works, and we have a goal of employing 500 men by spring 2019.
Data as of October 31, 2018