360 Model

With proven expertise in working with and empowering youth who have suffered from trauma, UCAN's 360° Model works with students, teachers and partners to recognize students' trauma and help them begin to heal.  Through a range of services, UCAN staff then seek to empower students, building resilience and hope, and enabling them to learn.  This also helps to prevent future violence, strengthen communities and build future leaders.

UCAN's 360° Model includes:

  • Hands Without Guns Violence Interruption Workshop:  In-class violence prevention
  • Phenomenal Woman:  Female after school group mentoring and community service program
  • Project Visible Man:  Male after school group mentoring and community service program, designed specifically for boys and young men of color
  • Youth Leadership:  After school peer education, leadership and community service
  • HomeWorks:  In-home services for families of students at risk of dropout or expulsion due to truancy, academic or behavioral problems
  • Teacher Training:  In-service training for teaching staff on exposure to trauma
  • Trauma Intervention:  Individual counseling and therapy 


AUSLUCAN is currently partnering with the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), providing its 360° Model to three AUSL schools in the North Lawndale community of Chicago -- Collins Academy High School, Bethune School of Excellence, and Johnson School of Excellence.   We also provide services at Marshall High School and UCAN Academy.  For more information on AUSL, please visit www.ausl-chicago.org.

"I think UCAN is having a great impact on our Collins Academy students, families, and faculty/staff.  I believe the help [students] are receiving through 1-on-1 counseling gives them an outlet to express their emotions and teaches them how to work through/resolve social-emotional issues.  The feedback from students themselves about [programs such as] Project Visible Man has been very positive.  I feel having UCAN around is very helpful for faculty/staff as well, since they have a resource in terms of working with students whose emotional issues get in the way of their academic success.  In addition, teachers themselves benefit from having an ear and words of wisdom when they struggle to work with students who have serious behavior issues.  I think our families benefit, too, from the counseling offered them and from the wealth of information [UCAN has] about other resources available to families." 
- Joyce M. Caine, Principal, Collins Academy High School


To download a brochure about UCAN's 360° Model, please click here.

Read a story about our recent successful Adventure Therapy pilot for 360° Model youth.

To read an inspiring story about Mr. Robert Earl Thollander, a Collins Academy teacher, click here.

For more information on UCAN's 360° Model, please contact Jacob Dancer at 312-738-5957 or dancerj@ucanchicago.org.

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