Preventing Violence

UCAN’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Services empower young people to create life-changing opportunities that ensure safer futures.

Current Services:

  • Youth Development Coaching/Mentoring

    • Individual One-on-One Mentoring

    • Case Management and Connections to Specialized Services

    • Group Mentoring

    • Career Exploration and Planning

    • RISE – Civic Engagement and Restorative Justice 

    • Court Advocacy 

  •  Clinical Case Management

    • Support Groups

    • Referrals and connection to counseling services

    • Crisis Management

  • Safe Passages – ensuring youth get to and from school safely 

  • Outreach

    • Violence Interruption

    • Street Level Canvassing
    • Recreation Activities

    • Field Trips

    • Exposure Outings 

    • Community Engagement Events

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 or contact Norman Kerr at