Posts By: UCANfuzzymath

  • I Think I Saved a Life Today

    Decades ago, he was a gang chief. Today, he’s helping youth on Chicago’s West Side follow a different path. “They tell you not to take your job home with you but… you do,” says Martin “Marty” Murff, a program supervisor with UCAN’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Services. “It’s redemption, for me; that I’m giving back… Read more »

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  • From Readers to Leaders

    “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”

    – Margaret Fuller, author and activist

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  • Chicago’s Tomorrow Interviews Chicago Today Episode 8

    Dorian Robinson, part of the UCAN family and currently a student at College of Mount St. Vincent, interviewed Dr. Wendy Borlabi.

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  • Preparing for a New Year

    Every year we like to send our youth back to school prepared – mentally, emotionally, and with a backpack of essentials!  For the sixth year in a row, volunteers from Winston and Strawn joined us and Back2School Illinois to build 300 back to school kits for our youth – doubling their amount of kits lasts… Read more »

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  • Meet Our President’s Coin Winners

    In honor of our 150th anniversary, UCAN and Zack Schrantz, our President/CEO, is celebrating amazing employees, youth and volunteers with a special UCAN 150th President’s Coin to honor them for their spirit, service and teamwork to ensure that we achieve our vision and mission. Zack wanted to highlight some of our amazing UCAN family for… Read more »

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  • 2nd Annual Kickback and Peacefest

    Since 2013, the Diermeier Future Leaders Now Program (DFLN) has celebrated the DFLN Institute’s graduates along with UCAN’s ‘Youth of the Month’ winners at a summer bash attended each year by staff and youth from various programs.

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  • Makin’ Moves: Springfield to City Council

    The recent regime change in Illinois politics brought about significant policy reform in the past few months, and UCAN has been there every step of the way.

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  • The 20th Annual Youth Leadership Awards

    Not only is it our 150th anniversary, but this year marked 20 years of the Youth Leadership Awards! We always wonder if can get better, but every year our Youth Leadership Awards raises the bar. We appreciate those who attended and our fantastic sponsors who contributed to this inspiring event that raised over $900,000 for UCAN’s… Read more »

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  • Throw It In The Fire

    The Express Performance Therapy program, founded in 2018 by UCAN therapists Dejanae Byrd and Deanna Pacelli, helps our youth explore new emotions and encourages self-discovery through acting.    For many of the youth, this is their first experience with acting, though some have dabbled with school plays. Express isn’t meant to feel like therapy, it’s… Read more »

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  • Chicago’s Tomorrow Interviews Chicago Today Episode 7

    In this series, youth poised to be Chicago’s future leaders (UCAN program participants and recent alumni) interview current Chicago leaders in their fields of interest. Finance, the future of Chicago, and how young people from any background can find a career. In this episode of our interview series, Yusuf Aljabri, a UCAN participant and aspiring… Read more »

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