For the past 154 years, UCAN has been a sanctuary for youth who have suffered trauma and neglect through a clinical approach to healing that is united, culturally relevant and consistent. UCAN is laser-focused on helping youth and entire families build robust lives through compassionate, healing education and empowerment.

“This work is personal for me and the more than 600 dedicated staff who proudly and passionately serve thousands of families across Chicago and Illinois,” Hamilton said. “We pride ourselves on providing a slate of relevant, impactful programs that support our vision that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. Our integrated, evidence-based programs are tailored to work with and advocate for those in under-resourced communities around Chicago.”

“I am very proud to report, in partnership with our other honorees, that we have reduced violence and reduction in shootings by 41% in the North Lawndale community over the last year, which is the largest drop in any community in Chicago. While there’s so much more that needs to be done, this data encourages us that the true essence of direct service and street outreach combined can be impactful,” Hamilton concluded.

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