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 Talk
What gets me out of bed every morning is knowing that I could possibly save a life.
Real Hope
They’re helping brothers out who are stuck in the community and can’t get out and all they know is violence. That’s what I’m working toward.
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
I’ve never been a part of an organization where I see such commitment and passion about an initiative and about caring for humanity.
JAQUELINE SUMMERVILLE-WHITE
Austin and West Garfield Park Community Project Manager
Be Bold
inVEST Chicago

Chicago CRED and more than 50 community organizations, including READI Chicago, launched the inVEST campaign, calling on Chicago to provide $150 million annually to identify the 10,000 individuals at highest risk of violence involvement and set them on a new path.

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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 seven local partner organizations.

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EMPLOYED

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 January 31, 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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