Posts By: UCANfuzzymath

  • Kickback & Peacefest

    A dunk tank. Cotton Candy. Facepainting. A DJ. It’s not Ribfest. It’s not the Taste. It’s UCAN’s Kickback & Peacefest!  On June 27th, UCAN celebrated its inaugural Kickback & Peacefest at our Nichols Center in North Lawndale. Over 750 UCAN affiliated youth and families visited our seven acre campus for food, music, face painting, games,… Read more »

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  • The Quest of Identity

    The quest to find one’s true self can be a lonely one. For many, it’s unfamiliar, uncharted territory that some feel they must travel alone.  But that’s not always true.  UCAN’s QUEST program provides self-identified LGBTQ+ youth with therapeutic support through education, counseling and art therapy. The goal is to assist youth in their process… Read more »

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  • 4th Annual Impact Youth Conference

    If you missed the great idea sharing and networking at the 4th Annual Impact Youth Conference on May 11-12 at the Gary Comer Youth Center, check out the news coverage on WGN-TV. More than 500 Chicago youth and youth advocates convened to address the real-life challenges our youth face like violence and trauma. Thanks to… Read more »

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  • We’ve Got Spirit

    Leading up to the week of our annual Employee Banquet, we wanted to do something special. We are just on the horizon of our 105th birthday, and we were ready to celebrate, and we knew just what to do.  Spirit Week 2018 Monday – Pajama Day/Hat Day!   Tuesday – Twin Day   Wednesday –… Read more »

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  • Supporting Our Youth Through Advocacy

    “I’m a registered lobbyist,” Fred Smith says, “but every voter in Illinois is an unregistered lobbyist. It’s the passion of the people.” Fred started out as a lawyer, practicing all types of law. Eventually, he burned out. But he’d met many people in Springfield over the years, including politicians and legislators, and that’s when the… Read more »

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  • Supporting Youth In Care

    They Only Have Us Nearly 17,000 youth in Illinois who have suffered trauma and neglect are cared for by the Department of Children and Family Services – which means Illinois is their parent.  Over 85% of these vulnerable youth are supported by private child welfare agencies like UCAN that are the sole providers of the… Read more »

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  • Catch Up with Previous Scholarship Winners: Terrance Lindsey

    As we rev up for the 19th Annual Youth Leadership Awards in June, it’s time to catch up with youth who have won in previous years. Though Terrance won the prestigious John E. Rooney Dynamic Scholarship Award just last year, he hasn’t wasted a minute making a name for himself. Terrance is completing his first… Read more »

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  • Women Celebrating Women

    Who is a woman that inspires you and why?

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  • UCAN Workforce Development Instructor Wins Mayor’s Game Changer Award

    Nathan Binns has been teaching business education in Chicago Public Schools for 13 years.

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  • UCAN Youth Works Behind-the-Scenes of Your Favorite Show

    Not many people can say they have been on a television set. Especially not in Chicago.

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