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  • UCAN goes to Europe!

    UCAN has gone international! This year we were proud to welcome Tinatin Pareishvilli to the United States as a part of the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows program. As a social worker traveling from the Republic of Georgia, Tinatin observed the state of the social services sector and learn from her experiences with UCAN… Read more »

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  • Growing the Modern Family: Welcoming LGBTQ foster children with open arms

    To welcome a youth into your heart and your home is a great act of selflessness and compassion that can be a transformative experience for all involved. Through UCAN’s Professional Foster Parenting program (PFP), foster parents play an essential role in providing the opportunity to live healthy, full lives to youth who have experienced loss,… Read more »

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  • U of C students volunteer at UCAN in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Every January we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life’s work marked a turning point in the fight for civil rights. Best remembered as one of the greatest orators in American history, Dr. King’s compassion for all people extended beyond the pulpit into years of active service work. This aspect of Dr. King’s legacy… Read more »

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  • Healthy Living in Altgeld Gardens

    Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number three cause of death among African Americans, respectively. Preventative measures can greatly reduce the risk, but unfortunately medical education often is not available to many in the affected group. To fill the knowledge gap, the “With Every Heartbeat is Life” (WEHIL) curriculum was formed, which… Read more »

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  • UCAN represents social service non-profit sector at Aspen Institute

    UCAN represents social service non-profit sector at Aspen Institute The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., recently announced 21 grants to founding partners for the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund in communities across the United States. The grants encourage cross-sector collaboration to better create workforce and educational progress for Americans… Read more »

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  • UCAN youth visit Springfield

    UCAN youth visit Springfield This spring, UCAN youth visited Springfield to meet with elected officials. UCAN believes strongly in providing youth a voice to advocate for themselves and their peers. Further, visits such as these allow youth to see our government in action, while elected officials get the opportunity to meet the youth whom their… Read more »

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  • Spotlight: Workforce Development

    Spotlight: Workforce Development Throughout its programs, UCAN integrates services designed to help clients build self-sufficiency and economic independence through education, workforce preparation and career advancement. The following are more in-depth descriptions of UCAN’s workforce development programs: Career Services Department UCAN’s Career Services Department works with hundreds of low-income youth and adults each year assisting them… Read more »

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  • Spotlight: Children 0-5

    Spotlight: Children 0-5 At-risk children who don’t get quality early care and education are: 25% more likely to drop out of school 40% more likely to become a teen parent 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime1 UCAN understands the importance of working with disadvantaged and at-risk families when their children are… Read more »

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  • Spotlight: Lake County

    Spotlight: Lake County Lake County Spotlight When we take time to consider the problems of poverty, it is not difficult to imagine the struggles faced by the working poor in Chicago’s inner city neighborhoods. But it is important to remember that these problems are not isolated to the city. In fact, Chicago’s suburbs have witnessed… Read more »

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  • Teen Gun Survey 2012

    UCAN released its 2012 National Teen Gun Survey on April 17th, 2012 at a listening panel with public officials and a group of young people who have experienced gun violence. The panel took place at Homan Square. Public officials present included Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele, Felicia Davis from the Mayor’s office, Sgt. Daniel Allen… Read more »

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