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We believe the young people of Chicago possess incredible potential. Chicago Beyond aims to help realize that potential.

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Our approach

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Source and support innovative programs that improve educational attainment and increase safety for young Chicagoans.

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Invest in research that will allow our partner organizations to better understand what works and why, so that they can scale and improve their programs over time.

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Spark further public and philanthropic investments in work that does the most good to improve the lives of young people.

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Chicago Beyond Announces Investments in Youth Summer Jobs and Trauma-Informed Care Program Ahead of Warmer Months

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Chicago Beyond announces investments in two local programs designed to support young Chicagoans. After a year-long period where Chicago has seen a surge in violence, and recognizing the urgent need for solutions ahead of the summer months, Chicago Beyond’s investment initiative addresses both preventative measures to keep young people safe and post-traumatic care for those who may be caught in the midst of violence. Chicago Beyond’s two-pronged approach includes a $4 million investment in One Summer Chicago PLUS, and a $200,000 investment in Healing Hurt People-Chicago.

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Go innovate

Chicago Beyond is proud to announce the winners of our first-ever innovation challenge.

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Go innovate

Launched in April, Chicago Beyond’s GO Innovate challenge sought early-stage ideas that offer innovative programming in two areas: Supporting College Matriculation and Graduation; and Reengaging Youth in Work and School. The innovation investments from Chicago Beyond include a research partnership with the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs to test the effectiveness of each program in order to learn “what works.” Over time, we seek to leverage these learnings to impact public and philanthropic practice and spending on work that does the most good per dollar to improve the lives of young people in Chicago and beyond.

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Innovation Challenge Winners

Category 1:
Supporting college matriculation

Genesys Works Chicago

Category 2:
Reengaging Youth In Work & School

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GO Together

We are investing to grow four programs that have the ability and promise to serve a significant number of young people immediately.

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Personalized learning

SAGA Innovations is a program that provides highly targeted, personalized math tutoring to students in the 9th and 10th grade who need it most. With our investment, SAGA Innovations will nearly double the number of students they serve in Chicago for each of the next two years.

Our investment and research partnership will generate knowledge on how to scale an effective tutoring program without sacrificing quality.

sagainnovations.org
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College Success

OneGoal is a program that provides college support for students in 11th and 12th grades and through their first year of college. With our investment, OneGoal will pilot enhanced delivery models and build innovation capabilities to improve their programming over time.

Our investment and research partnership will generate knowledge on the impact of OneGoal's programming on a broader range of students than they typically serve.

onegoalgraduation.org
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Investing in promise

YAP provides youth and their families with intensive support and specializes in working with those who are at highest risk.

Our investment and research partnership will generate knowledge on the components of YAP's mentoring and wraparound advocacy program and on how to pilot adaptive application of those components to the most marginalized and highest risk students.

yapinc.org
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Summer opportunity

After School Matters provides after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year. Our investment will expand programming to serve 800 new young male participants from high-need communities over the next two summers.

Our investment and research partnership will generate knowledge on how to enroll, engage, and retain young men in summer and after school programming.

afterschoolmatters.org
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Successful innovation requires learning from experience

We will partner with the University of Chicago Urban Labs to assess the impact of our investments at every turn. UChicago Urban Labs helps cities identify and test programs with the greatest potential to improve human lives at scale. They will pair rigorous scientific evaluation methods and expert analysis to ensure our investments maximize the good we do for young people across our city.

urbanlabs.uchicago.edu
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