Shootings and gun homicides are often the result of split-second decision-making—people react automatically in tense, high-stakes situations, and derail many lives in the process. READI Chicago is using evidence and data to identify the men most likely to pull the trigger, or to be shot, and provide them with cognitive behavioral therapy to slow down their response times.
READI Chicago staff from all five community areas gathered this month for our quarterly all-staff retreat to share best practices, celebrate all the progress made this year, and recognize frontline staff and their critical contributions to working with READI Chicago participants.
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 six local partner organizations.
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 November 30, 2019
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