Category Archive

September 2017

  • Optiver is a Back to Back Champion at NTA

    Urban Initiatives is thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, Optiver will be supporting our Work to Play program at National Teachers Academy (NTA). This year, Optiver increased their support of NTA by sponsoring UI’s Take the Lead program at the school as well.  Although this generous support is incredibly admirable…

  • Join Team Urban Initiatives at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

    Team Urban Initiatives welcomes you to join their 2018 marathon team, and make the most of your 26.2 mile experience. Team members will raise funds in support of UI programming, and serve as positive role models for the children we work with by promoting the rewards of physical fitness, personal commitment, and hard work.

    Join Team Urban Initiatives at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • A Kick-SPARK to the School Year with Spark Foundry

    On Tuesday, September 12th Spark Foundry partnered with UI schools Jahn, Nixon and Piccolo to host their first ever community impact day! Led by UI’s Associate Board Co-Vice President, Ashley Dobbins, this day focused on “Empowering Chicago’s Youth.” Just under 90 Spark employees dedicated their morning to renovating resource rooms, painting recess courts, and engaging…

  • The Numbers are In! Evaluating Our Impact in the 2016-2017 School Year

    Throughout the last school year, Urban Initiatives has grown by expanding our programs and solidifying our continuum of programming that supports our students from elementary school, to middle school and high school, and beyond. Our evaluation team has analyzed the data and results from Work to Play and Take the Lead are in! We are…

  • By the Numbers: Impact of the Play with Potential Program

    Urban Initiative’s recess program Play with Potential aims to change this by providing structured recess replete with opportunities for social-emotional learning and play. Our evaluation team has recently finished analyzing the data to learn the impact of the Play with Potential program throughout the 2016-2017 school year.