The Prevention and Intervention portfolio serves youth who may need more support because they are not connected to school, may have been touched by the juvenile justice system, may be out of school, homeless or need mental health support.
- Behavioral Health Sciences (BHS)
- BHS programming provides a broad array of counseling and mental health services to youth (ages 6-24) and their families to provide preventative, intensive services for those most in need of support. Youth are targeted to participate because of prior justice involvement, lack of engagement in school, gang involvement, or other behavior that highlights them for being at risk in their environments.
- Bridges to Pathways
- Bridges to Pathways focuses on re-engaging justice-involved youth age 16.5-23 years old in education. The program offers online educational assistance, skills and job readiness development, work-based experiences, social-emotional learning, and mentoring. The program targets education-focused outcomes, including increasing high school diploma and equivalency rates among youth involved in the justice system.
- Juvenile Intervention & Support Center (JISC)
- The Juvenile Intervention Support Center (JISC)is a police station where juveniles who are arrested in Chicago Police Districts 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 are processed and referred to case management services as appropriate. The goal of the JISC is to prevent admitted youth from further involvement with the juvenile justice system.
- Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative (MMI)
- In 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a bold and aggressive effort to invest $36 million in public and private funds over three years to expand mentoring programs to serve at risk youth in 22 communities. The program currently provides mentoring to at least 7,200 7th to 10th grade males, with a focus on improving educational attainment and reducing crime.
- The Mentoring program connects youth to trained, caring adults who provide guidance and support youth in their personal development. Mentors engage youth in developing critical thinking skills and provide informational resources and other supports. Delegate agencies are tasked with providing high-quality, safe, and structured interactions for youth.
- Restoring Individuals to Supportive Environments (RISE)
- RISE targets young men age 14-17 with prior involvement in the justice system. The program provides regular mentoring supports, including four hours per week of group engagement with a mentor and a civic leadership focused curriculum. Youth are paid for their time, and put together a community service learning project at the end of the curriculum.
- Strong Futures
- Strong Futures connects severely disconnected youth (age 16-28) to wrap-around supportive services and full-time employment. Launched as a pilot program in 2016 in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, the program delivers a comprehensive wrap-around model that not only addresses issues related to employment, but other critical barriers that might hinder employment and other markers of stability. Program components include regular coaching, weekly group meetings, and continued assessment and service delivery to address barriers to employment. The success of the program has led to its expansion in two additional communities, North and South Lawndale.
If you are interested in learning more about these initiatives, please contact the youth division at 312-743-0300.