Preventing Violence

UCAN’s programs empower young people to create life-changing opportunities that ensure safer futures.

360°Model

UCAN’s 360 Model is a school based program that works with students, teachers and families to recognize the impact of violence and trauma in order to create safety and healing for students in schools. Through a range of services we seek to promote resilience in an effort to mitigate barriers to learning. Each school served through UCAN’s 360 Model receives a customized array of services chosen from a comprehensive menu. Menu options include:
• Individual counseling
• Individual youth development coaching (mentoring)
• Group counseling (CBITS, SPARCS, Think First, Anger Coping)
• Group mentoring (Project Visible Man and Phenomenal Woman Groups)
• Professional Development Workshops
• Teacher Consultation
• Adventure Therapy
• Eligibility: Any student of a school served by UCAN’s 360Model/ Students meeting medical necessity following assessment

For more information on the 360°Model, please contact Jacob Dancer at jacob.dancer@ucanchicago.org.

Hands Without Guns

Hands Without Guns (HWG) is a public health and education campaign to increase public awareness, influence peer behavior, change policy, and engage adults in dialogue regarding gun violence prevention in Illinois. HWG is dedicated to reducing violence and the use of handguns through educational workshops, youth projects and community awareness. By influencing values and attitudes, HWG strives to guide children toward a future that is free of the fear and pain caused by gun violence. HWG offers:

  • ucan_general_3_2Community Organizing: A coalition building effort to partner with youth service agencies in communities in Chicago
  • Classroom-based Violence Interruption Workshops: A comprehensive 6-12 week violence prevention/life skills curriculum that focuses on gun violence, conflict resolution and civic activism
  • Changing Directions: An intensive 6-12 week diversion program that redirects youth who have already been involved in violence-based offenses
  • Teen Gun Survey: A nationwide survey of teen attitudes toward gun violence and prevention efforts

For more information, please contact Lee Roe, director of Youth Development Services, at (773) 429-9379 or Lee.Roe@ucanchicago.org.

Peace Hub

UCAN is the lead agency in The Peace Hub, a collaborative of more than 30 youth-serving Chicago nonprofit organizations whose goals are to increase engagement of Chicago’s youth ages 12-24 in programs and services, enhance communication and partnership among local service providers, and to leverage underutilized services to address violence in Chicago . The Peace Hub seeks to reduce exposure to or participation in violence, address trauma and improve positive outcomes for youth by facilitating easy access to programs and services. Established in 2010, The Peace Hub now serves more than 100 youth, who have experienced a 68% decrease in arrest rates and a 47% increase in community engagement as a result of the program.

For more information, visit the Peace Hub’s website at www.peacehubchicago.org or contact Norman Kerr at norman.kerr@ucanchicago.org.

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman is a female mentoring program, the name of which is inspired by a Maya Angelou poem. This program is offered as a means to help young ladies navigate the sometimes difficult journey into womanhood. Through participation in group mentoring workshops, young ladies will:
• Strengthen their self-esteem through self-affirmation and healthy self-image development
• Learn how to approach relationships in ways that are healthy and supportive and create positive experiences
• Spend time thinking about their future and imagining greatness for themselves
• Have access to an adult coach who can offer guidance and be an objective listener
• Eligibility: Young women between the ages of 13-24

 

For more information, please contact Lee Roe at (773) 429-9379 or Lee.Roe@ucanchicago.org.

 

Project Visible Man

Project Visible Man is a male mentoring program, the name of which is inspired by a Ralph Ellison’s writings “Invisible Man”. This program is offered as a means to help young men navigate the sometimes difficult journey into Manhood. Through participation in group mentoring workshops, young men will:
• Strengthen their self-esteem through self-affirmation and healthy self-image development
• Learn how to develop relationships in ways that are healthy and supportive and create positive experiences
• Spend time thinking about their future and imagining greatness for themselves
• Meet professional minority men who will share their stories and provide inspiration
• Have access to an adult coach who can offer guidance and be an objective listener
• Eligibility: Young men between the ages of 13-24
For more information, please contact Director of Youth Development Services Lee Roe at (773) 429-9379 or Lee.Roe@ucanchicago.org.