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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
Creating Space Between Impulse and Action

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.

Real Talk
My life is different now—I’m not hiding. I live my life out in the open. I want people to see what I’m going through because it might help someone else.
Real Talk
Uniting Across Communities

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.

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.

621
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 November 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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