The goal of Strengthening Chicago’s Youth’s bimonthly newsletter is to help organizations within the SCY network build capacity and increase knowledge. SCY promotes events and resources led or sponsored by community partners, academic institutions, or government agencies that support youth violence prevention or reduction:

  • trainings and professional development opportutnies
  • educational workshops and conferences
  • community forums or town halls

If an event or resource relates to SCY’s Focus Areas or SCY’s Policy Agenda we want to share it! SCY promotes state-wide, city-wide, and national events and updates. Neighborhood-specific events and news are approached on a case-by-case basis dependant on available space. The SCY newsletter is distributed on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

If you have an event or resource you would like to include, please contact Kirstin Grabski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA visited Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to attend a meeting hosted by Health & Disability Advocates. The primary topic of the meeting was community-centered collaborative approaches to violence prevention. SCY will continue to raise national awareness of the great violence prevention work being done in Chicago during the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (Oct. 31-Nov. 4). If you plan to attend and want SCY to share information about your work with national partners, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SCY Director. 

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Rebecca Levin, SCY Director, was recently interviewed by Extra Newspaper about SCY's community-based participatory research project (Community-Academic Collaboration to Prevent Violence in Chicago) focused on enhancing partnerships between researchers, funders, and the community to build capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to reduce health disparities related to violence in Chicago.

"...crime stats only tell part of the story, but fail to relay how violence affects people's well-being. Though the actual discussions of SCY's meetings are confidential, Levin has noticed a trend in those talks. 'We're hearing a lot about trust, and the need to build trust between communities and researchers,' she said..."

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Want to get the big picture of what SCY's been up to? Check out our Annual Reports for more details.

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Rebecca Levin, Director of SCY, was interviewed by Public Library of Science (PLOS) blogger, Jason Silverstein, for this piece entitled, "The Gun Violence Epidemic." Becky highlighted SCY's "Focus on Five" as some concrete ways to take action to prevent violence.  Becky also discussed that guns are only a piece of the problem and that the systemic issues of segregation and structural violence need to be addressed. 
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