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.
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.
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 January 31, 2019
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