Summer Campers Have a Ball at Cubs Game!


What a night at the ballpark! For the final stretch of Urban Initiatives' partnership with the Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley this summer, the Cubs generously invited over 200 UI participants and their families to watch the Cubs take on the Giants on August 19th.

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UI's 1st Ever Take the Lead Education Fair


Last Thursday was Urban Initiatives' 1st ever Take the Lead Education Fair. UIC hosted the event on a beautiful evening, designed to highlight opportunities in education (mentoring programs, scholarships, advocacy groups). We couldn’t have asked for a better evening; the weather was so nice that we held the Q&A portion outside.

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Gunsaulus Visits the Chicago Red Stars!

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The students from the UI Summer Camp at Gunsaulus had a reunion of sorts at the Chicago Red Stars soccer game. Students, siblings, and a few parents loaded the school bus in Brighton Park and embarked on a trip to Lisle, IL to watch Chicago's professional women's soccer team do what they do best.

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Urban Initiatives' Impact


Urban Initiatives' 2013-2014 program year was certainly one to be remembered. Participants across all three of our programs played hard, had hours of fun, and made many new friends. Urban Initiatives programs, though, aim to provide kids with so much more, and our 2013-2014 program evaluation results tell the important story of learning, growth, and change. Here's a snapshot!

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UI's Summer of Sports Summer Camp


This summer UI continued its partnership with Chicago Cubs Charities by running its second year of Summer of Sports summer camps at four CPS schools Lloyd Elementary in Belmont-Craigin, Kozminski Elementary in Hyde Park, Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy in Brighton Park and Beidler Elementary in Garfield Park. Throughout July students came together every day to play games, exercise and discuss healthy living.

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Team Captain Justin Smart Shares His Mountain Climbing Experience


Hi, Justin Smart here. Let me tell you about my time at NOLS Pacific Northwest.

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Take the Lead Team Captains go to Camp!


This past week four of our Take the Lead participants (and one coach) had the chance to participate in a week-long Boy Scout camp in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Camp Makajawan is about 4 ½ hours north of Chicago and offers all sorts of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, camp fires, boating). To say the least, it was a week full of firsts.

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AbelsonTaylor Shares some Love with Beidler Elementary


“These guys are fun!” Four words, spoken by a rising second grader, that perfectly summed up the thirty AbelsonTaylor volunteers who spent Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at Beidler Elementary in Garfield Park last week. 

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The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley Helping UI Keep Kids Active!


With the end of July came the end to our summer camps across the city. Beidler, Gunsaulus, Lloyd, and Kozminski all enjoyed a summer full of soccer, water games, and most importantly baseball! We had the pleasure of partnering, for a second consecutive summer, with the Chicago Cubs and their Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley.

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UI Welcomes Ana & Joy to the Team!


On July 15, Urban Initiatives was lucky to welcome our two newest members to the team: Ana Acosta and Joy Nelson. Ana is joining the operations team as the Administration Coordinator and Joy is joining the program management team as a Play with Potential Program Manager. When asked about why he is most excited about Ana and Joy, Executive Director Jim Dower says that, "Ana has already become an extremely impactful addition to our operations team and Joy is already integral to spreading our important work in the communities we serve." Keep reading to learn more about these amazing ladies!

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