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  • The Year of the Volunteer

    We all know time can pass by us in a blur. That is why we give special praise to those who slow down, take some time to reflect, and give a little bit of their most cherished resource… their time.

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  • Chicago’s Tomorrow Interviews Chicago Today – Episode 2

    In this series, youth poised to be Chicago’s future leaders (UCAN program participants and recent alumni) interview current Chicago leaders in their fields of interest. For our second episode, Briana Owens, an aspiring broadcaster and currently a student at Ithaca College, interviews Brandis Griffith-Friedman, a correspondent and segment host for Chicago Tonight, on WTTW, Chicago’s… Read more »

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  • Chicago’s Tomorrow Interviews Chicago Today – Episode 1

    Youth interviewer, Ariyan Moore spoke with John Starkey, Global Brand Leader at Mars. 

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  • Tilly Wilhoite: Leaving a Legacy

    One of the most impactful ways a loyal donor can enrich the lives of others is through a planned gift.

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  • Phenomenal Woman. That’s me!

    UCAN’s female mentoring group gleaned its name from a famous Maya Angelou poem, Phenomenal Woman, originally published in 1978.

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  • Wahl Fades It Forward

    “It’s not just about cutting hair; that’s only one aspect of being a barber,” explains Garland “G-Whiz” Fox of the Education & Artistic Team at Wahl Professional. The Illinois-based company, famous for its grooming products, partnered with UCAN and His & Hers Barber School to create the Wahl “Fade It Forward” MentorshipProgram. Selected youth from… Read more »

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  • Charlestein Dantzler: Coming Full Circle

    “Before I found out I was pregnant, I had always wanted a baby, because I wanted someone to love me,” says UCAN alumni Charlestein (Charlie) Dantzler. “My mom claimed she was in the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) system, she said her mom was in DCFS, and then (my sisters and I) were… Read more »

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  • Ariyan Moore: Visible Man

    “Without UCAN I wouldn’t be in school,” says Ariyan Moore, who just completed orientation week at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Growing up, his experience with school was difficult. Though he has lived in Chicago his entire life, he moved around many times as a child, and attended five different elementary schools. Ariyan… Read more »

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  • UCAN’s First Annual Trunk Party

    For those unfamiliar with the term and tradition, a trunk party is a celebration where generous donors contribute items youth heading to college need for their dorm room or class materials — and on August 3, UCAN hosted its first-ever trunk party. Sixty youth from the community and various UCAN programming joined family, friends and staff in… Read more »

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  • Our Youth Are Going to College!

    UCAN’s youth are going to college in the fall! Some near, some far, but we will always be here to continue supporting them. This year, we are hosting our first Trunk Party. Each youth will receive a “trunk” of items to take to college, full of bathroom essentials, non perishable food, and anything they would… Read more »

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