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  • Embrace Every Available Gesture

    “People think, ‘What’s my calling? What am I doing that’s important?’ There’s many calls to answer. Pick up the damn phone already.”

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  • Chicago Tomorrow Interviews Chicago Today Episode 9

    Taylor Kerr, a UCAN youth, aspires to be a veterinarian. She sat down with one of Chicago’s finest veterinarian surgeons, Dr. Aaron Jackson of MedVet, to learn about his passion for the field.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chance Connections to Deepened Relationships

    By Andrea Lee, MPA, Manager of External Affairs April was National Volunteer Month, which to me, is a month of possibilities: possible connections, possible relationships, possible awakenings to one’s own city. I am dedicated to connecting community members to UCAN’s programs and people in meaningful ways. Through these relationships across geography, wealth, age, race, and… Read more »

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