Youth Leadership Awards

The Youth Leadership Awards Dinner is UCAN’s flagship fundraiser held annually in June. This important evening is dedicated to celebrating the academic and personal achievements of UCAN’s outstanding youth and raises over $800,000 to directly support  our programming and services. The evening’s highlights include awards given to five exceptional young leaders from UCAN’s programming.  UCAN also recognizes a distinguished business and civic leader with the John D. Nichols Impact award. For more information about this spectacular event please contact Ann Kniola, Director of Development at 773-290-5072 or



Polar Peace March

UCAN’s founding partner, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, host an annual walk to support anti-gun violence at the Polar Peace March. The event has raised more than $50,000 to benefit UCAN’s Campaign and violence prevention initiatives. More than 400 diverse UCAN supporters, members of the St. Paul’s family, and advocates come together to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and march in solidarity with those who experience violence and its trauma throughout Chicago. Please save the date for next year’s Polar Peace March on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. For more information and registration details visit



Appreciation & Appetizers 


UCAN leadership, board members and donors gather annually to honor outstanding UCAN supporters and ambassadors who have made an impact on our work each year, including our diversity & inclusion ambassador, employee of the year, foster parent of the year, mentor of the year and volunteer of the year. For more information please contact Carly Hanson, Development Coordinator, at 773-288-5382 or





Future Leaders Gala


UCAN’s Auxiliary Board partners with our Diermeier Future Leaders Now program to honor the accomplishments of young professionals in Chicago. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and an inspiring award ceremony. To learn how to get involved contact Ann Kniola, Director of Development at 773-290-5072 or



Share The Love 

Share the Love is the UCAN Auxiliary Board’s annual networking event to connect young professionals and spread the word about UCAN’s important work for Violence Intervention & Prevention in Chicago. The evening will include a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, and exciting raffle items. To learn how to get involved contact Ann Kniola, Director of Development at 773-290-5072 or




Holiday Gift Drive

Each year, hundreds of displaced and underserved youth go without gifts during the holiday season. UCAN wants to ensure all our youth feel the joy of receiving gifts, and we need your help to provide this important service. We invite you, your company, your congregation, your school or your community group to fulfill a holiday wish for one or more UCAN youth.

To participate and learn more, please contact Rebecca Brown, Development Coordinator, at 773-279-3733 or



Lil’ Sluggers “Hit-a-Thon”

If your child participates in Lil’ Sluggers or Hamlin Park Baseball leagues, sign up for a HIT-A-THON to fund violence prevention programs for Chicago’s at risk youth. This unique event allows your child to give back to the community, build confidence and HAVE FUN! Click here to learn more or email for questions.





Connecting with Communities of Color 

UCAN is pleased to host Moving Forward, Together: Connecting with Communities of Color.  This after work networking reception will bring together the African American and Latino communities in support of our vision that youth who suffer trauma can become our future leaders. 

For more information, please contact Tamara Reed Tran, Associate Vice President of Development, at 773-290-5088 or




Open House and Campus Tours

Though we schedule tours of our Drost Harding Campus year round at request, we have designated open house dates three weeks out of the year. 

Week of July 28th- Quarterly Tour: Strong and Sustainable UCAN
Week of October 22nd- Quarterly Tour: Deep and Lasting Community Impact 
Week of April 23rd- Quarterly Tour: Holistic and Lifelong Relationship 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour, please contact Tamara Reed-Tran, Assistant Vice President of Development, at 773-290-5088 or


Rebuilding Together

Join UCAN by volunteering with us for Rebuilding Together as we fix local homes in North Lawndale on National Rebuilding Day, April 28th.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Janella Curtis, Manager of External Affairs, at 773.290.5879 or via email at