Personal Stories

  • 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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  • UCAN Youth Goes on Trip of a Lifetime

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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  • The 4th Annual Polar Peace March and Why it Matters

    In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved into a decrepit apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin St.- in North Lawndale- with the goal of bringing his previous successes in the  Civil Rights Movement in the South to Chicago. That top floor apartment became the headquarters for Dr. King’s Chicago Freedom Movement. While living in North Lawndale… Read more »

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  • Celebrating the Small Stuff: A UCAN Therapist’s Story

    “They need a hype man. They need a cheerleader. This is not an ‘I’ thing, this is a ‘we’ thing.”

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  • Youth Spotlight: Taking Control of His Future

    Jarvis Robinson was a high school freshman when his older brother, 23 at the time, was murdered.

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  • Saying “I Do” to Philanthropy

    When preparing for their wedding, they wanted to find a way to bring their family and friends into their wedding vows…

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  • Rebuilding Chicago One Home at a Time

    Imaging living in the same house for the past 50 years…

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