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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
“Firsthand: Gun Violence” Community Panel

Coinciding with the launch of WTTW Digital’s “Firsthand: Gun Violence” series, READI Chicago and WTTW hosted a screening and community panel event focused on the people working on the front lines of violence prevention in Englewood and Auburn Gresham.

Real Talk
Homelessness Awareness Week

November 16-24 is Homelessness Awareness Week, and through our work with READI Chicago, we have seen what a huge barrier housing can present for the men we serve and returning citizens in general.

Real Hope
I’m doing this because I want to show other participants trying to change their lives that anything is possible when they finish READI Chicago.
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.

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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 September 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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