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Chicago CRED

What We Do

Chicago CRED targets men identified as being at the highest risk of being shooters or being shot. Using street-level recruitment efforts, participants are placed in cohorts of approximately 30 men. All are paid a minimum wage with the opportunity to earn more based on performance. Over a several-month period they receive:

  • Training in the soft and hard skills needed to be effective employees.
  • Supervised transitional jobs working in areas such as interior home demolition, conservation and city beautification that provide the real-life experience of private-sector employment (punctuality, hard work, appropriate work behavior, etc.).
  • Intensive life coaching—a long-term supportive relationship to help set personal and professional goals and specific plans to achieve them.
  • A menu of other support services including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to manage conflict and emotions effectively, trauma counseling, tutoring to attain a GED or high school diploma, substance abuse counseling, legal counseling and help securing stable housing.

Our Jobs-Focused, Market-Driven Solution

Graduates of our program are placed in permanent full-time jobs with private employers. CRED builds relationships with employers and matches the right candidate with the right job. Our early graduates are working in jobs that pay between $12-$20/hour in industries such as construction, healthcare, security and manufacturing. Read more about the industries in which we operate.

All CRED graduates receive 12 months of ongoing life coaching once placed in permanent jobs.



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