Posts By: UCANfuzzymath

  • The 7th Annual Polar Peace March Goes Virtual 

    Every year on the weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, members of St. Pauls United Church of Christ march through Lincoln Park to raise funds for and awareness of UCAN’s programs through the Polar Peace March (PPM). However, this year because of COVID-19, the march was reimagined into an inspiring virtual event. Through… Read more »

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  • Hospitality, Here We Come!

    COVID can’t stop our Workforce Development team and their clients!  During this past winter, 12 youth participated in an eight-week job readiness program, which focused around the hospitality industry. Course trainers, guest speakers and facilitators served as teachers, training youth in the food service, customer service and marketing industries, all geared toward preparing youth for… Read more »

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  • UCAN’s Coordinated Response To The COVID-19 Pandemic

    Over the past several months (and counting), UCAN has pushed forward as an essential provider of services for the youth, families and communities we serve – while keeping our staff safe and protected. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the personal and professional lives of our dedicated staff, many of whom still work remotely.  At… Read more »

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  • Foster Care Alumna Kemisha Swan

    As #NationalFosterCareMonth comes to a close this May, we’re spreading awareness with inspiring stories on our foster parents, employees, and youth. Today, meet foster care alumna Kemisha Swan. Come June 1, you can go online to pick up Miss Swan’s Perfect BBQ Sauce to add to your summer cookout lineup – and thank UCAN alumna Kemisha Swan for tickling your taste… Read more »

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  • Meet The Childers: Foster Parents of the Year

    When UCAN honored Gerald and Carmella Childers as Foster Parents of the Year at our Appreciation & Appetizers reception on February 25, that recognition bought to life the lasting impression Carmella’s grandparents left on them by way of their selflessness in fostering youth back in the day. “The fact that my grandparents were foster parents… Read more »

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  • Demarcus Collins: Foster Parent, Role Model

    As a foster parent for the past dozen years to a total of 10 young African-American males, Demarcus Collins dismantles any number of stereotypes about who a foster parent is and what they should look like. And he does it with purpose and passion driven by his desire to support those who look like him,… Read more »

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  • Brenda Washington: Once And Forever More A Foster Parent

    “When I see them achieve, it’s rewarding to know I made a difference in their lives.”  Brenda Washington says that even as a kid and into her adult years, she always had a strong desire to be around children in any way possible. Her home was the neighborhood home where kids would congregate. Her family’s… Read more »

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  • Announcement From UCAN About The COVID-19 Pandemic

      Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and well-being of our staff, youth and families always will be our No. 1 priority. UCAN’s senior leaders and Human Resources department will continue to closely monitor and share the daily developments and announcements. We will stay informed about recommendations from the Mayor’s office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health,… Read more »

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  • Chicago’s Tomorrow Interviews Chicago Today Episode 11

    How to contribute to the future as a physical therapist. Young Chicagoans participating in UCAN programs not only have big dreams – they also have the drive and the support to make them come true, no matter the depth of challenges they face. Case in point: Lataveya Williams, who recently ventured to the  UIC Physical… Read more »

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  • I Want to See How Far It Takes Me

    It’s been over two years since Anthony “Tony” Green returned from his trip to India with the Peace Exchange, a local Chicago nonprofit that UCAN partners with, which aims to “prepare young Chicagoans to be leaders, role models, mentors and peacemakers through education, transformational travel and outreach to youth.” After his trip, we caught up… Read more »

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