In 2015 the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab, in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Get IN Chicago and a community advisory committee, held a citywide call to action to address youth violence and improve educational outcomes. The goal was to solicit, fund, and carefully measure the impact of the most promising approaches to violence reduction. In response to this call, two local nonprofits came together to create an innovative program for adolescents that aimed to reduce violence and justice system involvement while also increasing school engagement. Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. and Children’s Home & Aid were interested in pairing the individualized wraparound services of YAP with the trauma-informed behavioral health work of Children’s Home & Aid. The result was Choose to Change (C2C): Your Mind, Your Game.
From more than 200 applicants to this citywide call, a selection committee comprised of representatives from the civic, philanthropic and research communities in Chicago selected C2C as the Design Competition winner, believing it to be the most promising program to help young people avoid justice system involvement and thrive in their communities.
About Children’s Home & Aid
Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois, serving nearly 30,000 children and families each year in over 60 counties. We partner with children, youth and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures. Since 1883, Children’s Home & Aid has been a leader in responding to the changing needs of children and families in Illinois. We have paved the way by establishing best practices, developing innovative program approaches and shaping public policies in child welfare, early childhood and youth services. Children’s Home & Aid is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and was a winner of the 2017 Mutual of American Community Partnership Awards for the Power of Fathers program. Learn more about Children’s Home & Aid at www.childrenshomeandaid.org.
About Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. is a nationally recognized, community-based non-profit agency committed to providing alternatives to institutionalization through direct service, advocacy, and policy change. Since 1975, YAP has been a national leader in de-institutionalization. By 2020, YAP was serving more than 20,000 families annually in 150 programs across 29 states in rural and urban areas including 40 major metro areas. One hundred percent of YAP’s programming takes place in the home communities of the individuals the organization serves. YAP is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and has received awards from Annie E. Casey Foundation, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and is included in the Federal inventory of evidence-based models at gov.org. Learn more at www.YAPInc.org.