Youth Leadership Awards

For more information about the 2018 Youth Leadership Awards, please contact Ann Kniola at 773-290-5072 or by e-mail at


It’s time to celebrate! On June 28th, more than 425 supporters attended UCAN’s 18th annual Youth Leadership Awards Dinner to honor businessman Harrison I. Steans with the prestigious John D. Nichols Impact Award and five outstanding young people for their display of exemplary leadership. Our youth delivered inspirational messages about overcoming challenging pasts and moving forward with hope for the future. Their remarks conveyed grace and dignity beyond their years. With laughter, tears and warm hearts, attendees truly witnessed UCAN’s vision that youth who have experienced trauma can become our future leaders.

Thanks to our generous donors, we’ve far surpassed our fundraising goal! We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all sponsors, hosts and individuals who helped make the evening a success. UCAN would also like to thank our lovely mistress of ceremony, Robin Robinson, for inspiring us with her ongoing passion for UCAN.  Be sure to share with your friends as we continue to post photos, videos, stories and recognition for our sponsors on our website in the coming weeks. If you were unable to attend, you can still contribute via the side donation panel. 

Thank you again for your continued support of UCAN and we look forward to seeing you next year!