Due to COVID-19, we have transformed our in-person gala into a virtual event to ensure the safety and health of our supporters. UCAN’s first ever virtual Youth Leadership Awards Hour of Power affords us the opportunity to continue forward in our effort to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our young people.
This year we are proud to award scholarships to seven exceptional young leaders from UCAN’s programming. We will also recognize a distinguished business and civic leader with the John D. Nichols Impact award. This year's recipient is David J. Vitale, whose civic efforts have made a significant difference in Greater Chicagoland area.
Founded 150 years ago, UCAN has grown into a multifaceted social service organization serving over 21,000 youth and families each year. UCAN's vision, youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders, is realized through our focus on compassionate healing, education and empowerment which offers youth a sense of opportunity and hope for the future. We believe that inspiring young people will help to break cycles of violence, abuse and neglect and help them become advocates for change in their communities.
During these uncertain times, UCAN continues to provide essential services to communities in need. Our therapists are hosting virtual sessions, our residential programs are still providing shelter, and our Violence Interrupters are still in the streets reducing gun violence.